Our volunteers are something special. Without you, we couldn't do what we do. Loaves & Fishes is 99% volunteer driven.

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.
4,000+ Volunteers
Everyone from grade school, to the retired, lends a helping hand. Our foundation of over 4,000 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!

Please also bring this short but important Volunteer Agreement Form

Take an #unselfie photo of you volunteering and tag us on Twitter & Facebook @LoavesFishesSJ #FeedtheNeed

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

Los Gatos High School
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 Community Service 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 Community Service 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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Cook, serve, and host an entire meal service for one of our sites with your team!

The Loaves & Fishes Cooking Experience program is a fun and effective way for groups of all sizes to work together creatively in a friendly environment, all while giving back to the community. As a team, you will work together to create a balanced, delicious meal for our hot meal program that serves low-income families, seniors, and homeless. 

Perfect for a large group of ten or more people, the Loaves & Fishes' Team Building Cooking Experience is hosted at our centralized kitchen in Morgan Hill.

Your team will be cooking thousands of meals that will be delivered and served at soup kitchens, shelters, and schools, feeding homeless, seniors, and low-income families.

Our most flexible volunteer program, the cooking experience is available Monday through Friday. Shifts are typically 2-3 hours per shift, available any time between 9 am and 2 pm. 

We can accommodate groups up to 30 people, in two shifts. We have had large groups from Bay Area corporations including Amazon, LinkedIn, Apple, Google, Cisco, Intel, Santa Clara University, Keller Williams, Prometheus, MeriWest Credit Union, and more

We have options for those who are vegetarians and do not wish to handle meat.

We kindly request a donation for this event because of the extra work for us to staff, and to purchase ingredients and supplies. Suggested donations range from $1,000 - $2,000 depending on group experience.

This program is available for corporate team building events, school field trips, and more.



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