Anyone who has seen how vital helping is always finding ways to do it. They look for ways to help, from financial assistance to food donations. Some even went so far as to give their time to ensure that those in need get the service they deserved.


Even if anyone can express compassion and empathy, certain restrictions must be observed to preserve the safety and security of everyone. Food banks are no exception. There are age requirements for who can volunteer and how they can volunteer. This article will discuss these age requirements and the age roles expected of the food bank volunteers.

How Old to Volunteer at a Food Bank?

When young people volunteer, they learn that giving back to the community is a fulfilling and positive experience. The minimum age requirement for volunteers is 10 years old with an adult. With an adult means that the volunteers whose ages fall between 10 and 17 years old must have consent from their parents or guardians. The safety and health regulations need this minimum age restriction. A parent or legal guardian must sign a youth volunteer waiver before the volunteer may participate.


When volunteering at Second Harvest, a maximum of five children between the ages of 10 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Additionally, a minimum of one adult chaperone is required for every ten minors aged 13-17. The chaperone must be at least 18 years old and a member of the same household, and each must set up their account and register for a volunteer place separately on the website. The adults in this group must be willing to assume personal accountability for the children. ACT 153 Clearances, including criminal and child abuse clearances, must be presented to Second Harvest by each adult chaperone.


There is no maximum age limit for becoming a food bank volunteer. Senior citizens can volunteer at food banks, but they must be physically able to participate in all of the food bank’s activities.

How to Register to Volunteer at a Food Bank?

You must establish an account and sign up for a volunteer position under your name, even if you are a minor. As long as the parents or guardians have their phone number or email address, they may establish an account for each youngster. Signing them up for a shift is as simple as creating a new account. Before making one for your kid, log out of your account.

What Are the Volunteering Duties?

If you are a volunteer at least 18 years old, you may help sort and pack both perishable and nonperishable food for direct feeding programs and the mobile pantry. Additionally, you may help at the office with tasks like writing notes, putting envelopes in mailboxes, sorting mail, and entering data.


To help distribute fresh fruit to local food banks, volunteers must help glean (collect and sort) vegetables from local farms and orchards. They sort and wrap vegetables and other perishable items as the vehicle is being loaded for deliveries in preparation.


The involvement of volunteers under the age of 18 is critical to the organization’s success, from sorting food donations and aiding with office mailings to participating in food drives and special events. 


If you have time to share your blessings and volunteer, Second Harvest of the Greater Valley is the place to be. We don’t just help our neighbors in need. We also make sure that our volunteers are safe while having fun volunteering. Contact us now to learn more.