Our volunteers are something special.

23,500 Hours
Every year, our volunteers generously donate 23,500 hours of their time. They take pride in their service, and their commitment to building a better community.
10,000 Volunteers
Everyone from grade school, to the retired, lends a helping hand. Our foundation of over 10,000 volunteers fuels our organization to help us feed our neighbors.

Become a volunteer!

Our volunteer opportunities are open every Monday - Friday. As a volunteer, you will be asked to prep fruits and vegetables, serve hot meals, pour beverages, wash dishes, and tidy-up the site facility. Please be 14 years of age, or over (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian). Happy volunteering!

Fore more information on our food assistance programs, please click here.

Community Service Hours

At Loaves & Fishes we welcome students in schools that volunteer to fulfill their community service requirements. Sign up through our EventBrite page to complete your community service hours.

Loaves & Fishes work with the following schools:

Archbishop Mitty High School
Bellarmine College Prepatory
Downtown College Prep
Notre Dame High School
Presentation High School
Sacred Heart School
St. Christopher School
St. Frances Cabrini
St. Francis High

St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Lawrence Academy
St. Leo the Great School
St. Martin of Tours School
St. Mary's School - Los Gatos
St. Patrick School
St. Victor's School
The Harker School
Valley Christian Schools

Contact us if your school is not listed, or sign up to volunteer through our Eventbrite page.

How do I get my CS hours signed off?

Please bring any community service paperwork (time cards, log sheets, etc.) to the kitchen when you volunteer. We only sign off on hours the day they are completed. We do not sign off on hours at later dates due to the amount of volunteers that help us serve everyday.

Volunteer FAQs

The following guidelines have been developed to answer the questions many of our volunteers have. If your question is not addressed here, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Manager by phone (408) 998-1500 or email at volunteer@loavesfishes.org.

What will I do as a volunteer?

Volunteer activities include meal preparation, set-up of the dining hall, serving of the food and drinks, and clean-up. Each meal shift lasts 2.5 hours. Please sign in when you arrive and you will be assigned tasks and given instructions on what to do. Staff and Volunteer Team Leaders will be on site to answer any questions.

What should I bring?

If you are a new volunteer, please bring a Volunteer Information Form (sent to you with your confirmation and/or reminders emails). We will supply you with disposable gloves and aprons, but feel free to bring your own.

Can an entire group volunteer?

We are happy to have volunteer groups. Please only bring the number of people originally indicated. If you cannot fulfill your commitment (or if there will be fewer participants than expected), please let us know a least a week in advance. We will need to make other arrangements.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable "work" clothes and closed-toed shoes (i.e., jeans, walking shorts, tennis shoes, etc.) Please do not wear sandals, halter or tank tops, short shorts, etc. For those with longer hair, please wear your hair up and off your face.

Will a meal be provided for me?

Unfortunately, no. We recommend that you eat a snack before coming to the kitchen to help out.

Who can volunteer?

All are welcome! However, if you are under the age of 14, please bring a parent or guardian to supervise during your shift.

What about CS hours?

Please bring any community service paperwork (time cards, log sheets, etc.) to the kitchen when you volunteer. We only sign off on hours the day they are completed. We do not sign off on hours at later dates due to the amount of volunteers that help us serve everyday.

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