Volunteer FAQ


If you are looking for individual shiftts, you do not need to apply. Simply sign up on the online calendar. For longer commitments such as skilled volunteer opportunities, or interships, please apply.

Closed-toe shoes are required at all volunteer locations. At the Golden Valley location, we have a no jewelry policy. When you are in the packing areas you will be asked to remove all jewelry (besides plain rings without stones). We suggest you dress in layers to remain comfortable while working.

We have one location in Golden Valley and one in Maplewood. View the Locations and Hours .

Yes! Parking is available at both Golden Valley (in front of the enterance and behind the building by the truck docks) and Maplewood (at the northwest and west side of the building). Volunteer parking spaces are marked with flags. To ensure sufficient parking, we do recommend carpooliing when possible.

No, we ask that you do not volunteer if you are feeling ill, or have been ill within the last 24 hours. Rather, contact us at volunteer@2harvest.org to reschedule your shift.

Due to food safety regulations, all necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings with stones must be removed during food packaging.

Unfortunately, no food or drink (including water) can be brought into the warehouse.

As a result of the donated food coming from different places, we cannot guarantee that the food hasn’t come in contact with certain food allergens. Unfortunately, we also can’t communicate what food products volunteers will pack until the start of the volunteer shift. For those with food allergies, we ask you excercise caution before signing up for a volunteer shift

We do have privacy rooms available at Golden Valley and Maplewood. Simply ask a staff member, and they will be happy to direct you to them.

Please note that for off-site events or activities, we cannot guarantee there will be privacy rooms available.

Yes, we are happy to provide stools at our warehouses for volunteers who need to sit or take frequent breaks. Please notify a staff member upon arrival regarding these needs.

Please contact us at volunteer@2harvest.org for a confirmation of verified volunteer hours.

Yes, we accept community service volunteers on a case-by-case basis.

Yes! In addition to volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland, we have several ways for you to participate and make a difference.

To learn about volunteering at your local food shelf, please contact them directly. To find your nearest food shelf, visit Hunger Solutions. For additional volunteer opportunities, Second Harvest Heartland has open shifts and events at our Golden Valley and Maplewood locations.

Scheduling and shifts

To ensure that you can reserve your first choice for date and time, we recommend registering for Golden Valley shifts one month in advance. For Maplewood shifts, we recommend you register three to four months in advance.

Please contact us at volunteer@2harvest.org as soon as possible if there are any changes from your original registration.

Please notify us at least one week proir to the shift as cancellations can have a significant negative impact on our operations. To cancel a shift, please contact us at volunteer@2harvest.org.

Group Volunteers

Yes. Please email all group members' names to volunteer@2harvest.org using this spreadsheet. Please ensure to include e-mail addresses and phone numbers as providing this information helps us distinguish volunteers from one antoher in our database.

Group phtoos are uploaded 2 business days after your volunteer shift and can be found in the Photo Gallery.

The pounds your group packed can be found on your group photo in the Photo Gallery.

Volunteer groups can reserve available meeting spaces at both Golden Valley and Maplewood. The Golden Valley location can comfortably fit 15 in the Celebration Room or 50 in the Cargill Community Room. To reserve a space at Golden Valley, please fill out this form and return to volunteer@2harvest.org. The Maplewood location has rooms to fit either 10 or 50 individuals. To reserve a space at Maplewood, please contact us at volunteer@2harvest.org.

We prefer that volunteers stay for the duration of the warehouse shifts, but we understand schedules sometimes don’t allow this. Please contact us at volunteer@2harvest.org if a member of your group needs to leave early/arrive late.

Expectations for group leaders can be found on the Group Leader Checklist.

Tips for successful volunteer events can be found under Resources for Groups.

Yes! Remind your volunteers to take advantage of matching-grants or gifts their organization offers.

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