*Changes During the COVID-19 Crisis*

Volunteer FAQ

Volunteer FAQ

What opportunites are available?

Emergency Food Pantry

We currently have two full-time Emergency Food Pantries at our Shop Road facility in Columbia and on White Horse Road in Greenville. These pantries help any individuals or families that come to our doors looking for assistance during their time of need. Each of these pantries utilizes volunteers to help sort and pack food as well as work in client intake.

Product Rescue

A fun place to work inspecting, sorting, and boxing the donated food that comes in through our community food drives. This job does require light physical activity (bending, light lifting, etc.) and is a great team building project for small groups!

Court Mandated/Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Community Service

We accept court mandated and PTI community service on a case by case basis. Please note that we never accept those with charges of violence, theft, sexual misconduct or drug distribution. Please contact your local branch to see if you qualify to serve your hours with us.

Administrative Volunteer

Like all organizations, we have an abundance of administrative tasks that need to be done but we try to minimize staffing costs so we can spend the money on food. Areas include data entry, phone calls, filing, etc.

Community Representative

As you can imagine, our 20 county service area presents us with many opportunities to speak in public about our mission, read Stone Soup to the children at a local school, man a table at a community fair and more. We are always in need of friendly faces who believe in HHFB to share our story.


Do I have to schedule in advance or can I just show up to volunteer?

All volunteering must be scheduled in advance.


What should I wear?

Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes to work in the warehouse. Sneakers are best, please no high heeled shoes. Jeans or shorts and sweatshirt or T-Shirts are best. Please dress for the weather as our warehouses are not heated or cooled.


How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Each location and each activity has different age limits. However, the general limit is that volunteers must be 11 years old to work in one of the warehouses. Volunteers ages 11-15 must have one adult supervisor per five youth.


Do I need to bring anything to my volunteer session?

Please bring your positive attitude, flexibility, and compassion!


Is there a place to lock up my personal belongings?

There are a limited number of lockers available in the emergency food pantry in Columbia. Our other locations do not have any. Please do not bring valuables with you to volunteer. Volunteers may not listen to MP3 players or talk on cell phones while volunteering due to safety reasons.


Do I have to attend a training session prior to volunteering?

All individual volunteers are required to attend a 1-hour orientation and food safety class. Group leaders are asked to attend and disseminate the information for their group.


Will I be required to lift heavy objects?

Each job has different levels of physical activity including some that have none at all. If this is a concern please speak to us before coming in.


How do I get started?

Sign up for a volunteer orientation online or call the branch closest to you for more information.


“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead