Volunteer Opportunities for Thanksgiving


Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank. They bring our mission to life.

Our volunteers ensure only the safest food leaves our warehouse, keep mobile food pantry lines running smoothly and share our mission at community events throughout the year. Join the 17,000 volunteers who gave a bit of their time last year to make a difference in someone else’s life.

The Food Bank will be open until the end of day Wednesday the 25th, and volunteer opportunities are still available ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Find out more and Sign up on our Volunteer page.


If you’re looking for additional opportunities, or you'd like to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, below's a list of additional locations in the area. 


"Join H-E-B and United Way for Greater Austin to volunteer for the 26th annual Feast of Sharing! Feast of Sharing, the largest community Thanksgiving meal in Austin, provides Thanksgiving dinners to over 14,000 Central Texans each year with the help of over 1,400 volunteers just like you!

The event will take place at the Palmer Events Center (PEC) located at 900 Barton Springs Road on Tuesday, November 24th." 

Find out more, and sign up here!



"Each year, we rely on the help of more than 650 volunteers to make packet pickup and Thanksgiving Day logistics possible for this event. Volunteer opportunities include packet pickup at First Texas Honda and Luke’s Locker, event day registration at the Long Center, and clean-up after the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is finished.

Volunteer registration is now open. Sign up today! This is a great opportunity for both individuals and groups looking to help this holiday season."



"Thousands of homeless and people less fortunate than others in our hometowns are able to receive a hot meal, warm clothes, and other needed supplies at Thanksgiving through the efforts of Operation Turkey™ volunteers."

On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers distribute food to homeless friends from 8am until noon.

"We need volunteers! Help us cook food, sort donations, package the food in to-go containers, and deliver dinners and donations." 

Please sign up as a volunteer... We will send you details via email.



"Meals on Wheels and More began in 1972 as an East Austin-based, grassroots organization staffed by only eight volunteers. Together, they cooked and delivered meals to 29 homebound seniors three times a week...

Today, Meals on Wheels and More provides service to nearly 5,000 persons in need with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers offering programs designed to keep our clients healthy and living independently with dignity."

Filling out an application and attending volunteer orientation training, are the first steps to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer.



" Last year we were able to feed over 2,500 homeless in our neighborhood and left them with t-shirts, hats, shoes, sweaters, and tooth brush kits. Gobble Gobble Give has become an incredible example of what a community can do to make change. Please join us... we'd love to have you!"

All volunteers are asked to bring the following:

1. A DISH OF FOOD. Already cooked. Warm is preferred. It can be as little as a side of vegetables We can always use cooked turkeys and main course items. Of course, desserts are always awesome. 

2. FIVE (5) SMALL TOILETRY KITS. that include a: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. (optional)

3. CLOTHING AND BLANKETS. Please bring any used blankets and/or gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes, beanies/hats for men, women, children. (optional)


You might also try…

SALVATION ARMY, serving meals on Thanksgiving Day

CARITAS, is looking for many volunteers, for a variety of positions.