Join Our Tremendous Team of Dedicated Volunteers

You are our biggest asset!

Without volunteers, Food Outreach would not be able to fulfill its mission. Our generous volunteers, which include individuals, families, corporate supporters, community partners, and students contribute  to improve the lives of men, women, and children living with HIV or cancer in our community. In 2022, 1,287 volunteers donated 17,268 hours. That is the equivalent of 8.5 full times employees (Food Outreach currently has only 13 full time employees)! Whether you like to spend your time in the kitchen or pulling grocery orders, we off a number of great ways to get involved!

Please check out our new Volunteer Site to find a role that fits your special talents and interests and to schedule or cancel your shifts. If you have additional questions after reviewing the site, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Alyssa Hilderbrand at 314-652-3663 ext. 1121 or via [email protected].

Click here for a preview and to learn more about Food Outreach.

Some volunteer opportunities to consider:

Special Event Assistance: Food Outreach hosts a few events throughout the year and are always in need of volunteers to help set-up, assist with tasks, and clean-up. One event being our annual fundraiser, A Tasteful Affair, that occurs every October.

Client Grocery Box Packing: Assist in our Multi-Purpose room and Nutrition Center to assemble and pack boxes that will provide a month’s worth of nutrition to our clients. (Mondays)

Cook with Chef: Cook with Chef Josh to help prep and prepare entrees and sides that will be packed and frozen for Food Outreach clients. *May involve working with meat or seafood* (Wednesdays and Fridays)

Nutrition Center Client Grocery Packing: Assist in the Nutrition Center to gather client’s grocery orders that will provide two weeks or a month’s worth of nutritious meals to our clients. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)

Saturday Cook and Pack: Volunteers cook, pack and freeze our scratch prepared meals for Food Outreach clients on Saturday mornings. They pack about 5,000 meals every week!

Nutrition Center/Grocery Box Re-Stock Shift: Assist in our Nutrition Center to prepare and set up additional supplies/grocery boxes for the rest of the week. (Wednesdays and Thursdays)

View all detailed descriptions and times on our volunteer website.


  • All volunteers need to register and sign up online. Click here for the registration form.
  • As of August 2021, all volunteers and staff need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This does not include booster shots, however, you need the first full dose of the vaccine (Pfizer: 2 shots; Moderna: 2 shots; J&J: 1 shot).
  • Age limit: We would love to have all ages volunteer! If you would like to volunteer with your child who is younger than 10 years old, please reach out to the volunteer manager. We also ask if you are 12 years old or younger that you are accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions about any of these documents, please contact Alyssa Hilderbrand directly at 314-652-3663 ext. 1121 or [email protected].

Food Outreach is proud to partner with AmeriCorps to recognize our most dedicated volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award each year. The award honors volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation. As a volunteer at Food Outreach, your donated time will be automatically tracked on your behalf. If you meet the minimum threshold for an award (100+ hours) by December 31st each calendar year, we will automatically apply for the award on your behalf.

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