Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at Second Harvest

  • We welcome group opportunities in our distribution center. Shifts are Monday-Saturday from 8:30-11:30 am and 12:30-3:30 pm and can accommodate up to 21 volunteers. You may sign up directly at SignUp Genius or contact Becca Saubermann, Volunteer Service Coordinator, at 608-216-7214.
  • Interested in a date not yet scheduled? No worries, Becca would be delighted to help you schedule your group in advance.
  • Did you enjoy your shift at Second Harvest with a group? If so, consider becoming a regular volunteer by completing the individual volunteer application linked here.
  • We plan our days and projects around the number of volunteers we expect to arrive at our shifts, so please let volunteers@shfbmadison.org know if the number of volunteers is subject to change ahead of time.
  • Volunteering allows us to learn more about our community while also creating meaningful connections and relationships. At Second Harvest we welcome individual volunteers to grow and foster relationships with us and the community. Please reach out to Becca Saubermann at volunteers@shfbmadison.org to get started!
  • We plan our days and projects around the number of volunteers we expect to arrive at our shifts, so please let volunteers@shfbmadison.org know if the number of volunteers is subject to change ahead of time.
  • We collaborate with various academic institutions and programs through internships and service-learning courses. If you are interested in completing an internship at Second Harvest, please complete this inquiry form.

(Not currently accepting volunteers- check back soon!)

  • Mobile pantry distributions provide direct access to communities in our service area that are limited on local resources and grocers.
  • During a mobile pantry distribution you will direct traffic and/or load food into guest’s vehicles.

Apply online to become a mobile pantry volunteer or download the form.
Read and sign the mobile pantry volunteer community agreement or download the form.

  • We are happy to verify court-ordered service hours as well as provide verification of hours for school/internship programs. We are able to accommodate different types of verification, but we do ask that you allow for a one-week window for verification to be completed.
  • Please reach out to Becca Saubermann at volunteers@shfbmadison.org once you sign up for a volunteer shift to discuss verification options.
  • Please check back for seasonal volunteer opportunities! We will also post volunteer appreciation events (when acceptable with current social distance practices) below.
  • Typically, volunteers will be recruited 4-6 weeks in advance of the event. If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Becca Saubermann at 608-216-7214.

Another way to support our efforts to end hunger is to volunteer with a food pantry in your local community.
Explore our partner map to find an opportunity to volunteer with one of our 300+ food pantry partners.

Pantry partners manage their own volunteer requirements and onboarding process.

Other Ways to Help End Hunger in our Community

Still unsure where to start?

Contact us so we can help! Email volunteers@shfbmadison.org or call 608-216-7214