Calling all foodies! There are many Austin volunteer opportunities related to food, from working at a farm to sorting goods at the food bank. Food is an important basic need and as a foodie, I’m sure you understand the ways it can transform your life.
I put together this list to give myself some volunteer options and I look forward to joining in the fun. I encourage you to sign up and give back, too.
If you’re unable to support an organization immediately, I encourage you to sign up for their emails and follow them on social so you stay informed. You never know when an opportunity will find you.
Volunteer for These Austin Organizations
This organization creates birthday magic with the help of volunteers. They support Austin-area organizations serving children, the elderly, and the disabled by donating birthday cakes. If you like to bake, this one is for you!
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas provides about 26 million meals every year. Volunteers sort donations in their warehouse, interact with the organization’s clients through the mobile food pantries and educate families about healthier eating options.
Get your hands dirty! Farmshare Austin is educating those who want to learn about farming practices and techniques. As a volunteer, you’ll be right alongside them on the farm, harvesting, washing, and packing produce.
Have kids? Teach them about giving back with the organization Generation Serve. The nonprofit facilitates volunteer opportunities for families. Ages 3 and up can learn about gardening, cooking, and organizing, depending on the volunteer task you choose.
This organization supports local small businesses while feeding the community. Their programs include educating restaurant workers and paying businesses to provide meals to the community. While there aren’t volunteer opportunities with the public, they take donations.
Keep Austin Fed serves the community by redistributing food to those who need it. On average, 30% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten while people go hungry. Volunteers are food runners who pick up excess food from businesses like grocery stores and restaurants and take them to partner organizations.
The Sustainable Food Center aims to transform the food system by supporting local farmers, increasing food access, and more. You can support them by donating money or hosting your own fundraising event.
This nonprofit is focused on fostering awareness and innovation in our culinary community. They host several foodie and educational events every year, which require the help of friendly faces to make a success.
Urban Roots transforms the lives of young people by teaching them about food and farming. While young people have hands-on experience in the farms, volunteers are needed to interact with the young people and help with the farm tasks.
I hope this list inspires you to give back to your community!