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Only through your efforts can we achieve our mission of targeting hunger to serve and educate through community partnerships. We need volunteers every day to help sort and pack food donations, distribute meals for hungry children, as well as assist with special events and administrative support. When you donate your time to Second Harvest Food Bank of Champaign, Clark, and Logan Counties (CCL), you become a partner in the fight against hunger in Southwest Ohio.

Second Harvest Food Bank CCL will begin accepting a limited number of volunteers in critical areas.

For our available volunteer hours or to receive email updates about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please contact Kurt Heltman at (937) 325-8715 ext. 115 or email:

Have questions about volunteering? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please fill out our Volunteer Application and email it to The Volunteer Specialist will be in touch regarding next steps. Thank you!


Minimum Age Requirement for all volunteer opportunities (except Home Delivery assistant) is 10 years old. If you are under the age of 15 then you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during your service.

Essential Reminders:

  • Please wear gloves before touching anything in the Warehouse. This will prevent injuries and food particles from touching your skin.

  • Must wear close-toed shoes.

  • NO food or drink allowed in the Warehouse.

  • Please no running in the Warehouse.

  • If you are under 15 years of age, then you must be accompanied by a guardian.

Safety Protocols & Procedures:

  • Bend at the knees when lifting boxes. If something is too heavy, notify the SHFB staff member that is in charge for that task.  Proper body mechanics is important to avoid injury.

  • Always wash your hands before and after working on tasks

  • Any injuries must be reported immediately to a Second Harvest manager

  • Never cross-contaminate. For example:  touching meat and then fruits or vegetables

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.  NOT YOUR HANDS.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or face. 

  • Stay home when you are sick. When you are sick or have flu symptoms:  stay home, get plenty of rest, check with a health care provider.  Remember to keep your distance from other people to protect them from getting sick. Common symptoms of the flu include:

     *Fever (usually high)


     *Extreme tiredness


     *Sore throat

     *Runny or stuffy nose

     *Muscle aches

     *Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea


Support of Agency Mission and Operations:

  • Attends meetings, presentations, and trainings as required.


Commitment to Service:

  • Ability to work well with other staff in a collaborative effort to improve services, extend courtesy, friendliness, and overall respect to meet the needs of the organization.

  • Personal integrity and awareness of ethical principles.

  • Sensitivity to needs of neighbors and families served.


Work Environment: Typical warehouse environment, with regular exposure to excessive noise, adverse environmental issues, and cooler/freezer temperatures.



The Volunteer Receptionist assists in the daily operations of the administrative office, including incoming and outgoing calls, answering the main entrance door and greeting guests. This role will assist with maintaining administrative data processes, procedures, protocols and tools for the highest level of customer service to all neighbors, guests, volunteers and staff. This position requires volunteers to go through an interview and selection process. 

Sorting Room

The sorting room is the warehouse’s designated area for newly donated food, packed items, and dry products. As a volunteer, you will sort items and place them in the correct bins and/or pallets.


The OrderAhead program is an efficient way for our neighbors to conveniently pick from a variety of food items virtually using a click-and-collect grocery ordering system. As a volunteer, you will be responsible for fulfilling and bagging neighbors’ orders.


Our senior and children food boxes assist neighbors who are disabled, medically fragile, lack transportation, or over 60. As a volunteer, you will assist in packing items into boxes that will be distributed.

Alley Walk-Up

Alley Walk-Up is open during certain hours for neighbors to come up to the door and be served. As a volunteer, you will be responsible for greeting and checking neighbors in when they ring the doorbell, bagging/packing items, and restocking the shelves.

Mobile and Alley Distributions

The Mobile and Alley Distributions allow neighbors to choose which foods they would like to receive. As you volunteer, you are responsible for assisting neighbors, give and grab carts, and restock the tables when items are low.

Home Delivery
As a volunteer, in assistance with the Delivery Driver, you will be responsible for loading and unloading the van, packing bags, and carrying boxes to the front door of the assigned stop.

Essential Reminders:

  • You must be 18 years of age to be a home delivery assistant.

  • Please wear gloves before touching anything in the Warehouse. This will prevent injuries and food particles from touching your skin.

  • Must wear close-toed shoes.

  • Arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Dress for the weather.

  • Please wear your seatbelt.

  • There is NO SMOKING in the organization trucks.

  • Do NOT accept items of any kind from neighbors.

  • At each stop, get out of the truck with the driver and assist in taking boxes/items to their front door.

  • When you return to site, be sure to check for your belongings before exiting the truck.

  • Do not forget to sign in & out before leaving the food bank site.


Tell Ohio’s elected officials to support funding for Ohio’s foodbanks

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its statewide hunger relief network are seeking $30 million per year in the 2020-2021 state budget to support A Comprehensive Approach to Hunger Relief. By investing modestly up-front in access to nutritious, wholesome food, we can reduce health care costs and improve educational outcomes and worker productivity in the long-run. Add your name to our petition for state funding to fight hunger. Thank you for your support!

Start with Advocacy 101

Every organization and individual can make important contributions by being advocates. Advocacy doesn’t have to be a scary word! Watch this 15-minute video to learn the basics of advocating for programs and policies that help people in need.

Sign up and Take Action

Important policy decisions are being made that impact Ohio’s most vulnerable populations. We have the opportunity to take action. Find your elected officials and contact them to voice your concerns. Be informed of critical issues by signing up for action alerts or view past action alerts.



Does your organization have an interest in being a distribution partner by opening a pantry or food distribution location?  



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Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank and its member agencies in realizing our missions of eliminating food insecurities in Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties, Ohio. Food insecurity remains high in our communities despite improvement in our local economies. The combined food insecurity rate for our three counties is only slightly lower (14%) when compared to the Ohio rate (16%) and slightly higher than the national rate (13.4%).  Hunger among children is even more alarming. Ohio ranks 15th nationally with the highest food insecurity rates for children at 21.9%. In our own backyards, with a child food insecurity rate of 22.3%, nearly one in four children faces an empty bowl on a regular basis.

We can do better.

The Second Harvest Food Bank Empty Bowl events raise money locally so that we can address food insecurity locally.  Local artisans (Scott Dooley, Matt Johnson, Sandy Winter, Bruce Grimes, Thelma Matthews and The Cracked Pot Studio potters) donate handmade bowls. Local school art departments (Wittenberg, Springfield High School, Graham Local Middle School, and Bellefontaine High School) have their students create and donate bowls.  Local restaurants and bakeries donate gallons of soups and hundreds of loaves of bread to these events (click here to see which of your favorites are on the menus).  Hundreds of people volunteer on event nights and hundreds of people show up to enjoy great food and fellowship.  But it’s still not enough.  Bowls are still empty, children are still hungry.



Become part of the local solution to End Hunger.  

Sponsor one (or more!) of our Empty Bowls events, there’s a level to fit every budget, sponsorship forms available below.

Attend the Empty Bowls event in your county (or come to all three!)

Donate, suggested contributions are $20 per bowl–start or add to your collection

Bring your friends and family, it’s going to take all of us to fill the bowls.



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