Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer to help us end hunger and reduce food waste in Berkeley

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Berkeley Food Network team. We appreciate your time and interest in our work — we are a volunteer-run organization and couldn’t do this important work without folks like you! We welcome both one-time and ongoing volunteers.

If you are interested in arranging a group volunteer experience or are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity, please contact us at volunteer@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org.

To Begin Volunteering:

  1. Fill out our intake form below.
  2. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you to discuss available opportunities.
  3. Please review the volunteer positions listed below to decide which are the most interesting to you.

Preferred method of contact (required):

Please tell us the best time to call you back:

For group volunteer experience please contact us at volunteer@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Mobile Pantry Support:

Our mobile pantries are located throughout Berkeley and run in partnership with our awe-inspiring community partners. They are fast-paced and a lot of fun. Our volunteers really value having the opportunity to get to know our partners and the clients we serve together.

On-site Pantry

Our on-site pantry is open long hours and is relatively quiet. Our friendly pantry visitors are, for the most part, regulars from the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for those who want to help out, but prefer something low-key and peaceful. Volunteers will have a fair amount of downtime to read, work on their computers, do homework, or even knit! You will be supported by BFN staff, who are an agreeable bunch, open to the occasional chat.

Food Pick up

BFN receives donations of excess food from local food businesses. We are looking for volunteers to help with food pickup and sorting. If you want to be part of the solution to food waste, this is the job for you!

Food Delivery

BFN provides other organizations in Berkeley with prepared food for their clients. These can be large group meals or individually packaged meals. We also deliver groceries to partner food-assistance organizations. You will be able to use our van for those deliveries if your vehicle is too small.


Work behind the scenes to help us to serve our clients. Our warehouse is the hub of the work we do and we could use some help keeping it in tip-top shape and the food flowing smoothly.


This is another way to help us behind the scenes to serve our clients. We have a lot of office tasks that we would love to get help with.

Hub Kitchen

Join our team of BFN Hub Kitchen volunteers and assist Chef Sarah in transforming fresh, donated ingredients into delicious, nutritious, heat-and-eat entrees for community members in need. Just a little kitchen experience goes a long way! Learn practical food preparation and cooking skills while supporting this essential hunger-relief effort.