Youth Volunteering

Young volunteers make a tremendous contribution to the Capital Area Food Bank. There are lots of opportunities for youth who are under the age of 18 to get involved and learn about hunger issues throughout the region.

Waivers and Chaperones

All youth volunteers must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian (PDF) and must be actively supervised by an adult/parent to participate. For groups of youth, we request at least 1 adult chaperone per 10 youth. In order to make sure youth are properly involved, the Capital Area Food Bank adheres to these minimum age requirements for the following projects:

  • DC Distribution Center – 12 years of age or older with waiver and adult supervision. Volunteers under the age of 14 should be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • Garden Building – 12 years of age or older with waiver and adult supervision. Volunteers under the age of 14 should be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • NOVA Distribution Center – 12 years of age or older with waiver and adult supervision. Volunteers under the age of 14 should be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • Other Projects – 12 years of age or older with waiver and adult supervision. Volunteers under the age of 14 should be supervised by a parent or guardian.

If you have any questions regarding youth volunteering or want to set up a special volunteer activity, please contact the volunteer department via email at volunteer@capitalareafoodbank.org or call 202-644-9841. All youth volunteers must schedule their participation through the Volunteer Programs Department to ensure we have waivers on file for everyone.