Volunteer

We Need You!

Here is how you can get involved to help make sure no one goes hungry.

Laguna Food Pantry is an agent of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, a nonprofit organization and a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks and the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

See COVID-19 Volunteer Updates

Volunteers

Our volunteer staff consists of working, unemployed or retired adults, and high school, college, and graduate students who have flexible schedules and time to volunteer. Prospective volunteers who are bilingual Spanish-English speakers are helpful.

Volunteers should commit to volunteer on a set day or days every week or month. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each volunteer at the Laguna Food Pantry.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Greet shoppers
  • Fundraising
  • Administrative
  • Grocery pick-up
  • Sorting
  • Stocking shelves

Prospective volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 need to be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult on their first visit and until sufficiently trained and must have a parent or guardian signature on their application and Volunteer Assumption of Risk form.

Volunteer Application Process

Applying to volunteer at the Pantry is simple!

  1. Please fill out and submit the online Volunteer Application form to the right. To download and print the form please click the links below.
  2. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up a meeting at the Pantry. NOTE: All applicants MUST meet in person prior to starting a shift.
  3. After the meeting, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about becoming a member of the Pantry’s volunteer staff.

Volunteer Application Form

Please fill out and submit the online Volunteer Application forms to the right. If you would prefer printable application forms, you can download and print them with the links below.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability and Indemnity

Anti-Harassment Policy

Publicity and Photo Release

Groups

At the Pantry there are opportunities for corporate groups of up to 15 people to unload and sort deliveries of food. These deliveries occur on different days and times each month. If you are interested, please email the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@lagunafoodpantry.org.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Minimum age requirement is 14.
  • All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application, Volunteer Assumption of Risk, Release of Liability & Indemnity and Publicity and Photo Release PRIOR to starting their first shift at the Pantry. Minors must have the releases signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • No walk-ins allowed. All volunteers must meet with the Volunteer Coordinator before volunteering.
  • Volunteers should commit to volunteer on a set day or days every week or month. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Standard of Appearance

All volunteers need to wear appropriate clothing that may get dirty or torn and only sturdy closed-toe shoes, no flip flops or sandals. Pantry aprons are available for convenience. Plastic gloves will be provided and must be worn. Name tags are provided and should be worn.

Parking

On-site parking is reserved for shoppers. Please park in the metered parking on Laguna Canyon Road.

Valuables and Personal Belongings

Please leave your valuables at home. Small lockers are provided for your personal belongings, but volunteers should bring their own locks, if desired. The Laguna Food Pantry is not responsible for volunteers’ personal belongings.

COVID-19 Volunteer Updates

The health and safety of everyone who volunteers or shops at the Pantry is our top priority. We continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and continually update our procedures as needed.

The pantry has transitioned to a drive-through distribution system to limit the contact between volunteers and shoppers. Only a few volunteers are allowed inside the Pantry at the same time to ensure a six feet distance is adhered to. Walk-ups are welcome and have a designated shopping area.

In addition to standard health and sanitation procedures, The Laguna Food Pantry has also committed to:

  • Implementing social distancing measures. The recommended distance is maintained between every volunteer throughout the shift both inside and outside the Pantry.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided.
  • ALL volunteers must wear a face mask and gloves. Both will be provided if volunteers do not have any prior to their shift.
  • Volunteers will have their temperature taken at the start of every shift.
  • Volunteers who do not feel well or show symptoms will be asked to leave.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to wash their hands for at least twenty seconds and stay six feet apart throughout their shift.

Questions

Please see the Volunteer FAQs page or contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@lagunafoodpantry.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the Pantry!

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