Our volunteers have a direct impact on people who are hungry in Laredo and the south Texas area. With their help, the South Texas Food Bank was able to process and distribute approximately 1 million pounds of food last year and raise thousands of dollars in benefit of the food bank.
Every year dozens of school clubs, business, and local organization groups donate time at the food bank. Volunteer work can be done by individual or group basis. Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you are interested in doing group volunteer work.
To learn more about available volunteer opportunities, click here.
All volunteers must fill out application and observe the Food Bank's rules and guidelines. Applications can also be mailed and faxed in.
Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Any under legal age volunteers must have parental consent and must have a safe and reliable form of transportation.
All court ordered community service volunteers must follow schedule, guidelines and present their community service referral paper work.
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. or 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Volunteer opportunities are also available for special events. Time(s) and day(s) depend on the date of event.
Volunteer Rules and Guidelines:
- Always respect and be courteous to STFB staff and other volunteers.
- Obey the volunteer and site supervisors.
- Obey all safety rules and guidelines. Volunteers must always wear a safety vest.
- Abusive or profane language is not allowed.
- Arrive on time or you will not be allowed to perform community service that day.
- Always observe proper hygiene. Always wash your hands before returning to worksite and/or handling food.
- Wear appropriate clothing (jeans & t-shirts). For sanitary reasons, sleeveless shirts are not permitted.
- If you have long hair, please tie it up.
- No flip-flops/sandals, heels or open-toed shoes are premitted; comfortable, safe, and covered footwear is necessary (sneakers, work shoes or boots).
- No cell phone calls allowed while working or in worksite.
- Always leave purses, jewerly and other valuables at home or in your car’s trunk. The Food Bank is not responsible for any missing personal belongings.
- No eating, drinking, running or smoking in warehouse.
- Do not remove any products from the premises.
- Due to the fact that volunteers handle food and work in a warehouse environment , please report any illness that may affect your work, compromise the health of other volunteers or sanitary conditions of the premise (i.e. flu, cold, stomach flu, diahrrea, etc.). Make sure you report any allergic conditions that could affect your health and/or work.
Volunteers are not allowed in the South Texas Food Bank administrative offices restricted only to Food Bank personell. Volunteers may only enter to use the restroom or to talk to a specific Food Bank staff member.
Volunteers are allowed in the lobby area during their lunch break, to wait for their car ride, and/or during regular business hours.
Volunteers MUST NEVER:
- Carry firearms and/or sharp objects on the premise or at any STFB event.
- Be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Engage in any violent or destructive behavior or activity on the premise or at any STFB event.
- Talk or be disrespectful towards any staff or clients.
- Engage in gang related activities or paraphernalia on the premise or at any STFB event.
- Use the food bank equipment for any other purpose than that specified by the Food Bank staff and/or volunteercoordinator.
- Wear any t-shirts with gang related, paraphernalia, or profane messages.
- Never accept any tips or cash from anyone in association with community service or at the designated worksite.
- Never leave the worksite without permission and/or notifying the volunteer coordinator.
Please note that the Food Bank takes all volunteer work and activities seriously. Failure to follow any of these rules may lead to permanent suspension and/or banning from the South Texas Food Bank premises and/or events. Illegal activities will be reported to the Laredo Police Department.
Volunteers are encouraged to report any violation of any of these rules, suspicious and/or illegal activities to the volunteer coordinator and/or STFB staff immediately. Also, if a volunteer has a complain, he/she should contact the volunteer supervisor.
If you have any questions and/or would like more information about volunteering at the food bank, please contact:
Mike Kazen, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (956) 726-3120