National Volunteer Month
At the Houston Food Bank we have a saying we love to teach our volunteers: when hunger bites, bite back! The Houston Food Bank offers a variety of ways for volunteers to step to the front lines of action and take a massive bite out of hunger. Volunteers of all ages can become involved through an assortment of activities and programs such as our Spring Break Blitz, Student Hero program, and Family and Theme nights.
Volunteers are vital to the operations of the Houston Food Bank. Through the collective power of our volunteers, we are able to help 800,000 individuals each year. Volunteers produce the equivalent of a meal every minute! When you can, we welcome you to come celebrate the beauty of volunteering and those who donate countless hours during Volunteer Appreciation Month (April). Visit our events page to learn more about our celebration to thank and recognize those who are behind the momentum of leading the fight against hunger.
Our annual Spring Break Blitz in March offers a great way for high school students to enrich their spring break by engaging with their community in need. Teens fill this time with memories of giving back to the community and even making new friends. High school students as young as 16 years old can still sign up for any morning or afternoon volunteer shift until March 31st.
Students wishing to continue their passion of volunteering may join our student leadership program, Student Heroes. As they participate in managing volunteer projects on Saturdays, teens will develop leadership, fundraising and team skills through the Student Heroes Program. And it looks great on college applications!
Let the Houston Food Bank be your destination for Friday night fun and come out for our Family Nights and Theme Nights. Family Nights are held on the first Friday of every month and include a family friendly volunteer project and activity. Only on Family Nights can you bring out the little ones, as young as 4, and teach them about the joys of helping out your community. The evening starts with an hour and a half sorting and processing food. The fun filled night continues with a performance or activity. Previous theme nights have included group obstacle courses, food trucks, live poetry and singing performances, and raffles. We have hosted a variety of themes such as Greek Night, Black History Month Celebration, Basic Self Defense and Autism Awareness. Theme night participants are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate.
Volunteers wanting to participate in theme nights or family nights will need to register for the 6:00-9:00 p.m. evening Warehouse Shift at the Portwall location. Volunteers can go to our events page for more details.