We greatly appreciate your support!

Become a Volunteer

Loaves & Fishes relies on the support of 125 volunteers each week to help us inspect, sort, pack, and give out fresh produce, meat, bread, and shelf-stable commodity items. Shifts are offered six days each week and range in length from one to four hours. Volunteers work alongside staff members, and training is provided at the start of each shift, so no prior experience is needed for any of our jobs.

Please note that currently, we are unable to schedule group reservations and are not accepting court-ordered community service applications.

To view full job descriptions, shift times, physical requirements, COVID protocols, and age minimums, please visit our Volunteer Hub site: https://cvilleloavesandfishes.volunteerhub.com.

The Volunteer Hub will only show you available shifts. If you do not see any volunteer opportunities offered on a Monday through Saturday (we are always closed on Sundays) or if the entire calendar is blank and you see the message “There are no events at this time.” it means all volunteer opportunities are currently filled.  Please check back often, as we do get cancellations throughout the month.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Getting Food to Clients

Loaves & Fishes distributes food to clients four times a week, on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings.  Distributions are done in the parking lot, with groceries delivered to clients in their cars.

Volunteers are used as:

Brianna Volunteers Dec 23-7 (2)
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Preparing Food for Clients

Before clients receive food during a distribution, all food must be inspected, sorted and packed.

Volunteers are used as:

Devender S Volunteers
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Occasional Volunteer Needs

In addition to the jobs posted on the Volunteer Hub, Loaves & Fishes occasionally needs:

  • Translators (Spanish, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Nepali, Swahili)
  • Photographers
  • Recycling Helpers
  • Donation Sorters
  • Videographers & Video Editors
  • Social Media Specialists
  • Landscapers, Gardeners & Groundskeepers

If you think your personal or professional skills might benefit the food pantry, please get in touch with the Volunteer Manager, Tracy Arbaugh, at volunteers@cvilleloaves.org.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
2050 Lambs Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901


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