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Transforming Lives through the Power of Food


We have over 700 active volunteers, and we are eager to grow and continue to fight hunger in our community. At Second Helpings, you can volunteer in many different ways!

Food Rescue Volunteers assist in rescuing food from restaurants, grocery stores, and various events Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Kitchen Assistants use that rescued food to make close to 4,000 meals a day in our Hunger Relief Kitchen. We offer volunteer opportunities in the kitchen Monday-Friday 8am-12pm and 12:45pm-4pm.

If you have a steady work schedule throughout the week, we offer Thursday evening 4pm-8pm and Saturday morning 9am-1pm opportunities as well. Volunteers must be over 16 years old and able to stand for several hours.

Drivers and Driver Companions deliver the meals to over 90 social service agencies in Indianapolis to help feed thousands of hungry children and adults every day. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday 9:15am-12pm and 12:30pm-3pm. Volunteers must be able to lift 15-20 lbs.

Front Desk Volunteers are also needed to greet visitors to Second Helpings and assist with various administrative tasks to aid in our mission. Shifts are available Monday-Friday 8am-12:15pm and 12:15-4:30pm, Thursday evening 4pm-8pm, and Saturday morning 9am-1pm. Volunteers with strong computers skills and an outgoing personality would be a great fit!

Bread Sorters assist with packaging and assigning bakery donations that accompany our meal deliveries. We sort Monday-Thursday from 12:45pm-3pm. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 15-20 lbs.

Are you interested? Click here to fill out an application. We will respond with more information about volunteering and upcoming orientation dates.

Any questions? Contact Adriane Rios, Volunteer Services Scheduling Assistant, at adriane@secondhelpings.org,

More about Second Helpings, Inc.

Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis.

Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

We’re more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry – we’re a community kitchen. We’re not just teaching people to cook – we’re providing an avenue for people to transform their own lives. We don’t just collect food – we rescue food because we can’t stand to see it go to waste when others have none.



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