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 16 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:

Nutrition Center Client Grocery Packing: Assist in our Nutrition Center by personally filling our client’s grocery orders (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays).

Saturday Cook and Pack: Help cook, pack, and freeze our scratch-prepared meals for Food Outreach clients on Saturday mornings. They pack about 4,000-6,000 entrees and sides every week!

Client Home Delivery 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 through our Home Delivery Program (Mondays).

Cook with Chef: Assist our Chef in preparing and cooking 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 Re-Stocking Shift: Assist our Nutrition Center in preparing and setting up additional supplies/grocery boxes for the week. (Wednesdays and Thursdays)

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

View all detailed descriptions and times on our volunteer website.


  • All volunteers must register online and fill out the appropriate waivers. Click here to register.
  • Age limit: We believe that volunteering can never start too early in life! If you would like to volunteer with your child, who is younger than 10 years old, please reach out to the volunteer manager to discuss age-appropriate opportunities. All children, 12 years old or younger, must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Hilderbrand 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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