Hours to Get Groceries:   WED 2:00-4:00 PM  |  THUR 6:30-8:30 PM  |  SAT 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Parking lot does not open until one hour before the pantry.


Volunteers are essential to what we do!

Loaves & Fishes’ three full-time and three part-time staff rely on 160 volunteers each week to inspect and sort, restock, and distribute food four days each week, and pack and deliver food to 65 households/month. In 2019, more than 1,750 volunteers provided 18,000 hours of volunteer labor, making it possible for us to put our funding toward providing nutritious food for our neighbors in need.

volunteers packaging produce

Volunteering is flexible

Volunteers can serve monthly or weekly, or fill in as suits their schedules. No prior training is required for most jobs — we show you what to do! Find a role and time below that works for you, then sign up through our Volunteer Hub!

Because Loaves & Fishes is a working warehouse with heavy equipment, we cannot allow volunteers younger than 8. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 must volunteer with a parent or guardian and share the same volunteer position. Those 15+ may volunteer independently, but we recommend that they volunteer with a parent/guardian the first time.

Choose a volunteer role

Link to a job description for each role to find one that fits for you.

Client Guide

Door Keeper

Food Packer

Food Sorter


Intake (registering clients)

Parking Lot Assistant


Shift Leader

Station Attendant

Close-toed shoes are required for all volunteer shifts. When signing up through the volunteer hub, we ask all volunteers to agree to a waiver of liability. Preview the Volunteer Waiver of Liability.

Find a shift that works for you

Many of our volunteers come once a month or once a week.

Food Sorting Shifts
Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 am
Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Friday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Restocking Shifts
Tuesday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Saturday, 8:00 – 9:30 am

Food Distribution Shifts
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Bagging Food for Deliveries
Third Friday of every month

Have a Volunteer Group?

Company teams, student groups and scout troops have volunteered as a group at Loaves & Fishes - it's a great way to team build! Would your group like to volunteer? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

company team

Community Service

Have you been referred to us by the local or state court system or an attorney to complete community service? Review our policy, complete the application, and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax to 434-964-9342, or drop off at 2050 Lambs Road and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

  2050 Lambs Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901      info@cvilleloaves.org       mediacontact@cvilleloaves.org

  434-996-7868      Cville.Loaves.and.Fishes      @Cville_Loaves

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