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We Depend On You.

Each year, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee depends on the countless hours of scores of volunteers to assist us in serving the needs of our community. Volunteers from school and church groups, companies, homes, civic organizations, and individuals from the community took time out of their schedules to help sort and pack food and delivery meals, and much more. Without the contributions of these volunteers, we would not be able to do what we do.

Sort and Pack Groceries

Volunteers sort, label, and repackage nonperishable food items, frozen food, health aids, and paper goods.

Backpack Program

Volunteers pack bags for income eligible children in participating schools, providing them with meals over the weekends.

Office Work

Volunteers assist in the front office with various routine office tasks such as answering phones, filing, and stuffing envelopes.

Special Events

Volunteers help the Second Harvest staff with special events throughout the year.

Guidelines for Volunteers

We are so glad you have decided to become a volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.  Below are some guidelines which will help you prepare before you come to the food bank, and keep you safe while you are at our warehouse:

  •  All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to volunteer in the warehouse or out on the Mobile Food Pantry if you are not wearing closed toe shoes.
  • The minimum age for volunteers is 10 years old.
  • We need to have a volunteer profile completed for each food bank volunteer.
  • Please refrain from using earbuds and/or cell phones while you are volunteering.  We use some heavy equipment in the warehouse, and we want to make sure you can hear what is going on around you at all times.
  • Please leave bags, food, drinks, and other personal items in your car.  We cannot allow you to take them in the warehouse.

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