—  Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank —  Houston Food Bank 535 Portwall St. Houston, TX. 77029

Come  help sort and box food for the needy.

Please register with the Food bank at the following link

 http://houstonfoodbank.civicore.com/index.php?section=indGpRegistrations&action=conditional&fwID=90625 .

Additional Information 

Volunteer support is critical to our mission of food for better lives!  The Houston Food Bank utilizes volunteers six days a week at our main warehouse. Whether you come out as an individual or part of a group, we are certain you will have an enjoyable, positive experience.  


  • Volunteers MUST be at least 6 years old and supervised by parent or guardian throughout the shift.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 also need a completed Youth Volunteer Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian.  A copy of this form can be downloaded by clicking the RESOURCES tab on your Volunteer Profile page.   

Description of Duties 

Varies with the makeup volunteers for shift. Most of the projects at the warehouse involve inspection, sorting, and repackaging of donated food items for community distribution.

Address Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall St.
Houston, TX. 77029

From Downtown:  Take IH-10 east and exit Gellhorn St. (exit #774).  Make a U-turn at Gellhorn, stay on feeder and turn right on Portwall St.

Parking Information 

If space permits it, you may park in the front parking lot, but in the event of a large volunteer turnout, you may be directed to our overflow lot located behind the building.

Attire Information 

CLOSED-TOE SHOES REQUIRED - casual dress, long pants (preferred), t-shirt with sleeves.  Bring work gloves if desired.

We count on your generous donation of time; however, if you are unable to make it, please log in to your Volunteer Profile to cancel your registration or contact the Houston Food Bank Volunteer Engagement team at [email protected] for additional assistance.

SPECIAL NOTE:  HFB no longer allows outside food and drinks to be brought into our facility to share with group members since launching our onsite 535 Catering service in 2019.  As a Group Leader, if you are interested in offering any food items (including water) to group members, please contact Rachel Black [email protected] or Malcolm Green [email protected] to place an order.  

  • Media Reminders:  If you are planning to invite or share your volunteer experience with broadcast/print media, or film outside of volunteer area, or wish to have a Food Bank spokesperson available for interviews please inform the Director of Marketing and Communications, Pearl Cajoles, 832-920-9872 or [email protected], at least 2 weeks prior to your volunteer session so we can assist if needed. As always, we love for our volunteer groups to document, photograph and share on social media their Houston Food Bank volunteer experience, feel free to tag us. Thank you for your support.
  • For your safety, bags and purses are not allowed in project areas.  Lockers are provided for storing any items you don't want to keep in your car, but keep personal and valuable items to a minimum (i.e., electronics, jewelry, money, etc.), as HFB is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • Special accommodations needed?  Just let us know before your volunteer shift so we can plan accordingly.
  • Remember to wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes so your feet are protected and dress in layers so you will be comfortable throughout your shift.
  • If you reserved a volunteer shift in the kitchen, you MUST wear long pants or to-the-knee shorts (no short shorts), a shirt with sleeves (no tank tops, crop tops, or sleeveless shirts.

Thank you again for helping us meet our mission of food for better lives.  You truly make a difference and we appreciate your time and support