Frequently Asked Questions

Year-round volunteer support is essential for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Volunteers assist us with many different projects from sorting through bulk food items, assembling food boxes, stocking shopping shelves, repacking bulk foods and many other projects. Our volunteers provide us with work equivalent to 18 full-time employees.

All volunteer experiences must be scheduled in advance. Volunteers may register online and sign-up for shifts through the Volunteer Information Center or contact our volunteer coordinators. For volunteer opportunities at our Harrisburg location, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. For volunteer opportunities at our Williamsport location, please contact Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.

Volunteering at the Food Bank is a great team-building experience. To schedule a group or learn more about group volunteer opportunities at our Harrisburg location, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. For group volunteer opportunities at our Williamsport location, please contact Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

The Food Bank welcomes volunteers 12 years and older, although volunteers 12-15 years of age require adult supervision or a chaperone.

Repacking food items are the most common volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank. The majority of the food that the Food Bank receives requires further processing before being distributed to those in need. Types of volunteer opportunities include: repacking bulk product to individual/family size, assembling boxes with assorted or like food, checking expiration dates, labeling product, gleaning products, etc. While projects are determined based on warehouse needs, all repacking sessions are spent in the warehouse.

We will provide you with everything you need to complete your volunteer projects. We encourage you not to bring any personal belongings.

Volunteers repacking food items, working in the shopping area or office will receive a brief orientation about the Food Bank and a detailed task instructions at the start of your volunteer shift. Volunteers interested in long term volunteer opportunities such as food pick up and deliveries will be required to attend an orientation and/or training.

Please wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or opened-toe shoes are permitted) and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. We ask that you dress comfortably and respectfully. Layers are recommended as the temperature in the warehouse fluctuates. In warmer weather, we ask that volunteers wear shorts or pants that are at least knee length and shirts with sleeves.

Yes; however, space is limited. Please contact our volunteer coordinators to discuss the accommodations you might need so we can set-up a successful volunteer experience. If you are interested in volunteering at our Harrisburg location, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. For opportunities at our Williamsport location, please Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

If for some reason you can’t make your scheduled volunteer time, please let us know. If you are scheduled to volunteer in Harrisburg, please contact Chris Gray at 717.564.1700, ext. 2342. If you are scheduled to volunteer in Williamsport, please contact Kathy Shaffer at 570.321.8023.

Harrisburg Branch:  3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Get Directions
Williamsport Branch:  3301 Wahoo Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701. Get Directions

The Central PA Food Bank Harrisburg Food Bank location serves Adams County, Bedford County, Blair County, Centre County, Clearfield County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Juniata County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Mifflin County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Snyder County and York County.

The Central PA Food Bank Williamsport Food Bank location serves Bradford County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Lycoming County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Potter County, Sullivan County, Tioga County and Union County.

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Harrisburg Warehouse

3908 Corey Road

Harrisburg, PA 17109

717.564.1700

717.561.4636 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Williamsport Warehouse

3301 Wahoo Drive

Williamsport, PA 17701

570.321.8023

570.321.8024 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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