Volunteers at the Brooklyn Park Volunteer Center


Share your time, talents and generosity to help end hunger.


So much of our food bank and hunger relief operations rely on the time, talents and generosity of volunteers. From food sorting and packing to client assistance and skill-based projects, volunteers serve side-by-side with our employees as we work together to end hunger.

Every day, you’ll find volunteers busy readying food for the Minnesota and western Wisconsin community from inside our Brooklyn Park volunteer center, assisting low-income households with SNAP applications and senior food boxes, and sharing expert skills and industry knowledge on special projects.

Become a Volunteer

Thinking About Volunteering?

People who volunteer are more likely to experience improvements in the following areas of their life:


Volunteering increases your activity level and lowers stress


Volunteering is a way to meet new people who share your interests


Volunteering leads to lower rates of depression and anxiety

Service Enterprise Certification Badge

Service Enterprise-Certified

Recognized for Volunteer Engagement

We’re proud to be in the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide for how we work with our volunteers.

Ways to Volunteer

Find the opportunity that feels right, and click to learn more.
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Food Sorting and Packing

Sign Up for a Shift in Brooklyn Park. We welcome individuals and groups ages 8 and older to help pack various food items.

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Ongoing Opportunities

Increase Your Engagement. Share your time and skill on a regular basis, with a minimum commitment of three months.

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Group Volunteers

Bring a group to pack food. Sign up two or more people for a volunteer food packing and sorting shift in Brooklyn Park.

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Youth Volunteers

Get Kids Involved. Kids ages 8 and up can volunteer at our food bank. See how it works and chaperone requirements.

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Pro Bono Projects

Use Your Professional Expertise. Help various departments add capacity, expand skillsets and work efficiently.

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Court-Ordered Service

Open to Individuals Age 18+ Fulfill community service requirements by volunteering for food packing shifts.

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We are always humbled by the energy and generosity of our amazing volunteers. In the last year:


came forward to support our mission

57,923 HOURS

of time and energy were donated


The work of our volunteers equates to 27 full-time employees

Ready to Volunteer?

Before you arrive, check out these frequently asked questions, plus our health and safety guidelines and precautions. Have a question we didn’t answer? Get in touch at volunteer@2harvest.org or 651-282-0901.
A group of people smile and hold sweet potatoes in the SHH Volunteer Center


Pro Bono Volunteers Help Advance

Working on projects behind the scenes, our pro bono volunteers act as organizational consultants, offering their professional expertise on short-term business projects. One recent pro bono project was a partnership between a cohort of Prime Digital Academy students and Second Harvest Heartland’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team.
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All While Helping Our Community

Finding Meaning and Building Skills

Volunteers pick up food rescue donations. educate others about the realities of hunger, and work alongside our teams to tackle strategic projects. We couldn’t do it without them.