RVFB Volunteers
Photo by Chuck Moses

Volunteers are at the heart of the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Including repeat visitors, RVFB feeds 22,000 people every month with only four full-time staff members and three AmeriCorps members — we need our volunteers! In 2016, 668 people volunteered 4,519 times, donating 19,019 hours — the equivalent of 9 full-time employees.

RVFB has a diverse, interesting and fun volunteer base. We rely on volunteers to distribute food, provide marketing and fundraising help, organize fun community events, and make some new friends!

How to volunteer

Interest in volunteering with us? Great! It’s easy! Follow the steps below to apply.

  1. Read about our available volunteer positions on idealist.org »
  2. Next, fill out a volunteer application and schedule an orientation session at the food bank.
    Volunteer Application

    Group Application
  3. Read our volunteer policies & procedures.


What to expect while volunteering with us:

Parking – Street parking is available around the block on Adams Street, Genesee Street, and on Rainier Avenue. Do not park in lots next to the food bank as they are the property of other businesses.

Dress Code – Volunteers must wear closed toed, sturdy shoes. Gloves (provided) should be worn when handling perishable food items. Please do not bring valuables or large bags as storage space is very limited.

Community Service Hour Tracking – Need your service hours verified by RVFB? No problem! Call (206) 723-4105 or email volunteer@rvfb.org for guidelines on how to track your hours.

RVFB Volunteer unloading a truck full of donations

Photo by Chuck Moses

Volunteer Positions Include:


We always have ongoing openings for volunteers with a wide variety of skills including marketing and communications, finance, photography, graphic design and database management. Check out our current listings ».

Food drive helper:

We always need help replenishing our non-perishable food supply. Volunteers pass out fliers and encourage customers at grocery stores to donate non-perishables.  Check out our current food drive calendar.

Distribution helper:
Wednesdays and Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Prepare and distribute food to clients at the food bank.  We deliver the highest degree of customer service to our guests as they gather their groceries for the week. Requires standing for three hours at a time and lifting up to 50 pounds. All volunteers must follow U.S. Department of Health Food Safety standards such as wearing gloves when handling food and washing hands.

Home delivery assistant:
Thursdays – 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Help give an elderly or homebound person a reason to a smile. Each Thursday we make and deliver more than 100 bags of food to neighbors who aren’t able to come to our warehouse. Home delivery assistants make sure that each bag is packed with care and delivered in time for dinner.

Tuesday – Saturday, various hours

We occasionally need help picking up donations or delivering food in Seattle. Drivers generally must have their own vehicle (trucks are helpful) and a valid drivers license. Email volunteer@rvfb.org if you would like to be added to our list of drivers on call.

Administrative helper:
Tuesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Minimum two-month commitment

Help us keep our spreadsheets and databases up-to-date. Applicants must be extremely detailed-oriented and proficient with or willing to learn programs such as Microsoft Excel and Salesforce.


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