Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing nutritious food to over a quarter of a million people each month. 


Second Harvest Food Bank has a flyer describing opportunities for children any age to volunteer -- things like assembling food bags for families in need, collecting and decorating large brown grocery bags, or making colorful handmade cards for seniors and families. 


Warehouse Volunteering

Second Harvest offers warehouse food-sorting volunteer opportunities. Volunteers inspect and categorize donated food products (such as dry goods and produce) and bag, box, or repack to prepare for distribution. Training is provided at the beginning of each shift. Shifts are 3 hours in length.

Dates: Various dates throughout the holiday season

Ages: Volunteers must be ages 14 and older. Youth ages 14 through 15 must be accompanied by one adult over the age of 21. Youth volunteers ages 16 through 17 may be unaccompanied to volunteer with a signed permission form on file. Every youth volunteer must have a current signed Permission Slip on file.

Length of shifts: 2 or 3 hours

Dates / Locations / How to sign up


Santa Clara County location:

  • San Jose Cypress Center: 4001 N. First Street, San Jose CA 95134

San Mateo County location:

  • San Carlos Distribution Site: 1051 Bing Street San Carlos, CA 94070

Additional information: Food Bank Volunteering Requirements

Turkey Trot Volunteering

Second Harvest Food Bank also needs volunteers to help out at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. Help is needed for pre-race registration days as well as on the day of the race

Ages: Volunteers must be ages 14 and older

Additional information: Full details on Turkey Trot volunteering

For inquiries: For further information on volunteering, please contact or phone (408) 266-8866 x 531