For all available openings for baggings and distribution shifts, please view our online calendar. If you don't have an active account, please fill out a volunteer profile form.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, AFAC has new rules for volunteers. Please follow our rules so we can keep AFAC healthy and safe.

Don't see something you can volunteer for now? Learn about ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Help AFAC Make the Holidays Bright for All

October 26, 2020

***Opportunity Filled – No More Volunteers Needed*** We need a crew of helpful elves between mid-November and mid-January to drop off food drive boxes and pick up smaller food donations. You must be 18 and have a valid driver’s license. You should be comfortable driving around Arlington and parallel parking. You’ll be going to businesses, apartment buildings,…

Grocery Store Food Drives

September 17, 2020

We still have all shifts available on Sunday, 9/27 for TWO grocery store food drives. We’ll be at the Virginia Square and Lyon Village Giants between 10 am – 4 pm. We need three volunteers per two hour shift to help encourage shoppers purchase much-needed items for our shelves and load them onto the awaiting…

September Weekend Gleanings

August 31, 2020

AFAC has been invited to go gleaning (harvesting) at two farms on three Saturday’s in September. Please sign up via the online calendar or email for more details. JK Community Farm, Purcellville, VA: Saturday, September 19th – 10 Volunteers Needed Marker-Miller Orchards, Winchester, VA: Saturday, September 12th & 26th – 20 Volunteers Needed

Distribution Volunteers

June 8, 2020

Help distribute groceries as clients come to AFAC. We need volunteers during these time slots: Monday – Friday Morning helpers 9:15am-12pm Monday – Friday Afternoon helpers 12pm-2pm Saturday Mornings 8:30am-11:30am (adult only) You can find these shifts on the online calendar!

Afternoon Bagging Volunteers

June 7, 2020

Weekday afternoons 2pm-4pm Every afternoon from 2pm-4pm, we need warehouse volunteers to help go through our food donations and prepare for the next day. Bagging volunteers will help bag dry goods, bag produce, or clean the warehouse. This opportunity is for ages 14+ (or 12-13 with a parent). Bagging groups are capped at 10 people.…

Early AM Volunteers

June 6, 2020

Like to wake up early and help out? AFAC has warehouse volunteer spots as early as 7:30-9am! Our early morning volunteers help go through food donations, make sure we are prepared for morning distribution, and help keep the warehouse clean. If you are interested, look for early morning shifts on the online calendar.

Share your love for volunteering and AFAC with others!

The volunteer department is always on the lookout for volunteers who want to help on another level. Lead groups after hours in produce bagging or dry goods bagging. Speak about AFAC at outreach fairs, to youth groups, etc. Training is provided. Send an email to if you have an interest in becoming a Volunteer Supervisor.

Create Your Own Food Drive

Not finding enough volunteer opportunities? Need something to do from home on your own schedule? Host a food drive! From our website, you can register your food drive, create customized flyers from our templates, and find some ideas to make yours a success. Consider asking your neighbors, swim club, camp, business or house of worship to join you. Our most-needed items are: canned tuna, low-sugar cereal, low-sodium soup, canned tomato products and plain pasta and rice.

We accept donated food Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4pm and Saturday from 8:30am-1pm. Questions? Please email

Little Free Library

Please donate any unwanted books and/or coloring books to our new Little Free Library!  You can drop off donations with the Volunteer Department.

Other Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Arlington

Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Match