Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We know your time is valuable; it is valuable to us, too. In fact, volunteers save us more than $2.5 million every year, allowing us to use more funds to distribute food to neighbors in need across our 32 county service area.


To volunteer at The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri as an individual or family of four or less, you will need to complete a volunteer profile. 

When you come to The Food Bank to fulfill your volunteer shift, you will be asked to sign in on the kiosk at the front desk.


For group requests, please fill out the Group Request form or contact us. Please include your preferred date(s), shift times, and number of participants. This does not complete your reservation. You will be contacted to confirm your group’s details once the form is submitted.


If you require community service hours confirmed for legal reasons or for school-ordered disciplinary service, you must contact Teresa Coleman at (573) 447-6609. You can also attend an open screening Monday-Thursday at 2:45 p.m. at our Vandiver Drive location.


Kids Helping Kids Day is a bi-monthly event allowing children as young as 4 to volunteer and make a difference in their community. Sessions include a visit from Buddy the Backpack and a tour of the Warehouse. To sign up, contact Chase Wyckwood, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.
2019 Dates: February 9, April 6, June 8, August 24, October 19, and December 7.

Children ages 9 and older are welcome to serve with a parent/guardian. Kids Helping Kids Days allow children ages 4-12 to serve along with parents/guardians. A ratio of 1 adult per 2 children is preferred. 


The Ballard Buddy Youth Leadership Program is a new program to give students aged 14-18 years an opportunity to become involved in the mission to end hunger in their community. Visit to learn more or apply.


If you are interested in completing your service learning with us, please contact Teresa Coleman to schedule your orientation.


Interested in hosting an event for your group or organization? Have a birthday party and need a space? Planing a workshop or retreat and want to include volunteering as a part of it? Then check out our Community Room. If you have questions about the Community Room, please contact Jenna Van Schaack.


Would you like someone to speak to your organization or group about the many ways to serve with The Food Bank or Central Pantry? Interested in learning more about what our impact is and the programs and events we offer to the community? Would you like a tour of our facility? Contact Chase Wyckwood or (573) 443-6620.

Please read the Volunteer Checklist before coming to The Food Bank for your shift. Thank you!

Groups and individuals are welcome all year to work any of the following shifts in our Volunteer Room: 

Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.  
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1 - 4 p.m.
4 - 6 p.m.
6 - 8:30 p.m.
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.


We also need volunteers to work at Central Pantry. Central Pantry is The Food Bank’s main distribution center for people needing food assistance in Columbia, and operates much like a small grocery store. Volunteers may be asked to help stock shelves, sort through donations, or help with distributing food directly to customers. Volunteer shifts are listed below:

Tuesday - Friday
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

To volunteer at Central Pantry, please contact Holli at
(573) 777-9992 or sign up through your volunteer profile on CERVIS.

The Food Bank For Central & Northeast Missouri works with the following allergens:
     Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soybeans
     Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish and Shellfish

Please advise the staff if you need special accommodations.

All other volunteer inquiries with The Food Bank should be directed to Chase Wyckwood.


The Food Bank has many special events throughout the year. If you would like to volunteer for shifts at special events, please contact Chase Wyckwood.

Annual Events

Float Your Boat - Spring
NALC Stamp Out Hunger - Summer
Hope for Heroes 5K - Summer
Taste of the Tigers - Fall
Sack Hunger Football Game - Fall
Fall into Art - Fall
Partnership Against Hunger - Fall
One for One Holiday Food Drive - Winter