Thank you for your interest in volunteering!
Special Note for the Fall/Winter Holidays: Loudoun Hunger Relief is an emergency grocery pantry, serving those in need with grocery supplies to feed their families. We are not a soup kitchen, and we do not serve hot meals.
Large groups in need of volunteer opportunities are asked to contact LHR to make arrangements. Please understand that we must staff our shifts well in advance, and that we may not be able to accommodate your group if you have very specific date or time requirements for your volunteer service.
Loudoun Hunger Relief welcomes volunteers from all parts of our community. Our volunteers come from corporate groups, faith communities, civic groups, families, individuals, and students who need service hours. What everyone has in common is a desire to serve our neighbors through access to nutritious food. Without the dedication of over 350 people who give more than 12,000 hours of their time in an average year, Loudoun Hunger Relief simply could not fulfill its mission. We are a hard working, friendly, and dynamic group. The jobs our volunteers perform on site can be physically demanding and very busy. The reward however is immensely gratifying and extremely worthwhile!
Some examples of roles volunteers fill at LHR include packing grocery orders for families, taking grocery orders out to client vehicles in our parking lot, helping distribute groceries at our mobile sites, or sorting food at LHR’s warehouses. Special arrangements are available for large groups or corporate teams. There are many times and days of the week, and many roles you can choose at Loudoun Hunger Relief. There is something for every schedule. We do ask that volunteers commit to a recurring schedule, or alternatively, sign up to be substitutes for regularly scheduled volunteers who must be absent.
How it works and what to expect:
To get started, create an account on VolunteerHub at the below link. **PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A WAITLIST FOR VOLUNTEERING, SO IT MAY BE SOME TIME BEFORE YOUR ACCOUNT IS ACTIVATED. YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER UNTIL YOUR ACCOUNT IS ACTIVATED BY THE VOLUNTEER MANAGER. We appreciate your patience as we fulfill our organization’s needs.**
Watch for emails from us with information on special events or any extra opportunities as they become available. Please make sure our email is not going to your spam folder. Once you receive an email with an opportunity that fits your schedule, please respond to the email with a request to fill that opportunity, and we will activate your account at the time you are able to volunteer. Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to make sure that people have food.
Hosting/Creating a food drive: If you or your organization is looking to host a food drive, please visit our Food Drive page to register your drive and see a list of our most needed items year round.
Teens: Our minimum age for volunteering is 13, and those between 13 and 16 years old must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Please create your accounts together at the below link. Parents can use their own email for both accounts–we understand that your teen may not have an email account.
Community service for teens is often a requirement for school and it’s a great way for students to build their resumes and skill sets. More importantly, volunteer work for children can be a life-changing experience, one that allows them to expand their horizons and instill the importance of helping in their community. You must let our staff know you are volunteering for required community service before you come to your first volunteer shift. You can also volunteer from home by working on one of the projects at this link.
Court Mandated Community Service: While we try to offer as many volunteer opportunities as possible, we are NOT accepting court-mandated community service at this time. Please check out Loudoun Cares for additional assistance or volunteer opportunities.