School & Youth Groups

The Houston Food Bank welcomes school and youth groups to help us sort and package food while passing along the value of volunteerism to the younger generation.

We love to have students volunteer with us and welcome school and youth groups to sign up for one of our regularly scheduled shifts on Monday – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Because safety is our paramount concern, all volunteers must meet following expectations:

  • Minors must be at least 6 years old to volunteer in the Portwall Warehouse
  • Minors must be 16 years old to volunteer in the Keegan Kitchen.
  • We require at least 1 adult/chaperone per 10 minors.
  • Adults/chaperones are required to supervise minors at all times.
  • Volunteer dress code: long shorts or pants, shirts with sleeves and closed-toe shoes.

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How To Sign-Up Your School/Youth Group:

Groups Less Than 29

  • Visit our volunteer calendar
  • To register, click on desired shift and choose “Group Registration”
  • Follow the screens to complete your group’s registration

Groups More Than 29

  • Visit our volunteer calendar
  • Select a date/time
  • Create a volunteer profile by clicking the appropriate button at the top of the site
  • When completed, eMail Eunice Banks with information about your group.

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Verification of Student Volunteer Hours:

In order for the Houston Food Bank to verify student hours for schools or online verification sites, a student must either:

  • Create a Volunteer Profile.
  • Register in advance for a volunteer shift and SCAN-IN with the Confirmation Email QR code.
    • For multiple shifts on the same day, scanning-in is required for EACH SHIFT. By using this method, volunteer hours reports are always available for you to print directly from your Volunteer Profile.
  • At the end of your shift, request an official embossed “Hours Verification Letter” from the Welcome Desk. If this option is chosen, we will NOT be able to verify those hours without assessing the original documents.

Quick Facts

Where: Houston Food Bank

Who: Youth groups up to 1,000

When: Monday-Saturday 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Monday-Friday 6pm-9pm, Sundays 9am-12pm

Age Requirement: 6 years of age

Dress Code: For your safety, all volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and sleeved shirts.

After your group’s registration is confirmed, we will provide a Service Trip Waiver and Minor Waiver Forms to complete in advance following these steps:

– Complete the Service Trip Waiver Form and email it to Eunice Banks three days before your volunteer shift.
– Print a copy of the completed log and bring it in with you the day you come to volunteer.
– If you have minors who come on that day who are NOT on the form, please let us know when you arrive.
– Bring completed Minor Waiver Forms with parent/guardian signatures with you the day you volunteer.

MINORS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER WITHOUT A COMPLETED WAIVER FORM.

For questions regarding your school or youth group, please contact:

Eunice Banks
Volunteer Services Reservation Agent