Specific Volunteer Opportunities
If you'd like to tackle any of these projects, let us know! Contact Jennifer Frederic, 713-547-8663.
Hunger Fighter Rewards
The Houston Food Bank is kicking off our 2nd Annual Hunger Fighter Rewards program! This initiative is a structured prize distribution system were we reward individuals who help us fight hunger by volunteering for either three shifts, six shifts, or nine shifts from mid-January to the end of March.
Prizes include Houston Dynamo tickets, Kemah Boardwalk All Day Ride Passes, Houston Zoo tickets, Dave & Buster’s $10 Super Charged Power Cards, Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo tickets and more!
No registration needed! Interested volunteers can visit the Houston Food Bank during this time to pick up a program to keep track of their volunteer shifts. Keegan Kitchen volunteers (ages 16 and older) can help prepare meals for children in after school programs and Warehouse volunteers (ages 6 and up) will help inspect, sort and repackage donated food items. For more information, please contact Rocio Rubio.
Backpack Buddy Monitor
The Houston Food Bank's Backpack Buddy program works to fill the gap for children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year and go home to meager or no meals on weekends. To ensure quality at each of the hundreds of schools where children get Backpack Buddy food sacks, volunteers are needed for monitoring visits to verify program compliance. Weekday hours are flexible and training will be provided. This opportunity is for volunteers 18 and older. The Houston Food Bank requires a Criminal Background Check for all volunteers joining this program. For more information, contact Jennifer Frederic at 713-547-8663.
Social Media Ambassador
Help spread the Food Bank message through your own social media channels. Get the word out there by committing to posting twice a month.
Receive volunteers when they arrive for a shift. This involves greeting volunteers as they enter the building, facilitating the sign in process, answering volunteer questions, and escorting volunteers to orientation areas.
Schedule fellow HFB volunteers. This team receives volunteer shift requests and works behind-the-scenes to keep HFB volunteerism running smoothly. This team is great for anyone who enjoys working on computers and providing logistical support.
School Supplies Stocker
Our Teacher’s Aid program provides school supplies to teachers who work in low income areas, saving teacher’s money and helping their students succeed. Volunteers can choose convenient weekday shifts to help stock and organize items on the shelves and prepare the area for teacher pick-ups. On the weekend shift, volunteers will help check customers in and out, assist them with shopping and stock and organize school supplies.
As the face of the Houston Food Bank, our Welcome Desk volunteer serves as an ambassador, greeting volunteers, visitors and guests, and directing them to the appropriate areas. This volunteer will also answer incoming phone calls, notify Houston Food Bank staff of visitor arrivals and other front desk duties.
Administrator (various departments)
The Houston Food Bank cultivates a spirit of teamwork between volunteers and staff in order to provide the highest level of service to our community partners. Administrative volunteers are needed in all departments, so if you have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to organize and balance multiple projects, consider sharing your talents with us.
The Houston Food Bank’s Hunger Game is a month-long competition in which groups of all sizes compete against each other to fight hunger in our community. Groups compete to raise the most meals by donating time, food, and funds. The Hunger Game competition will be from September 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. There will be two awards. The Overall Award will recognize the group who generates the most meals. The Per Capita Award will recognize the group who generates the most meals per group member.
Who can participate?
We welcome groups of all sizes. Participating groups may include churches, school groups, families, corporate groups, community groups, sports teams, fraternities/sororities and more! Each team must choose a team captain who will be responsible for registering the group and for serving as the contact person.
How does it work?
Participants will be awarded points in meals for financial and food contributions and volunteering their time at the Houston Food Bank as follows:
1 volunteer minute = 1 meal (Portwall Warehouse or Keegan Kitchen)
1 volunteer minute = 2 meals (Teacher's Aid and/or Bonus Volunteer Shifts)
$1 = 3 meals
Pounds of food/1.2 = meals
Bonus Meals Opportunities:
- 250 bonus meals for Early Registration by Friday, August 18, 2017
- 100 bonus meals for posting a picture on Social Media explaining why your team is fighting hunger during Hunger Action Month
What can your group win?
There will be two awards given. The Overall Award will recognize the group who generates the most meals. The Per Capita Award will recognize the group who generates the most meals per group member. The two winning groups will receive a plaque and photo wall recognition. The winners will also be featured on social media highlighting their cause and reason for choosing to help the Houston Food Bank.