How You Can Help

Volunteer Opportunities

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Food Bank cannot accept volunteers at this time.  However, if you are interested in volunteering, please complete the informational form (link below) and send it to Julia Varner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be in touch as soon as we resume normal activities. Thank you! 


The Food Bank is a volunteer-dependent organization where your skills and talent are needed and will be put to good use. Volunteers are especially needed to sort and re-box food in the warehouse and occasionally work on special projects like Taste of the Valley and Harvest for Hunger. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that your work is helping to feed people in our community — a child will go to bed with a belly full of food or a senior will be able to eat and purchase the medicine they need because of your efforts.


Sort and Re-Pack Food: REQUIREMENTS: Able to lift 20 lb. boxes.  

Individuals: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon; and Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please call for shift availability.

Groups: Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Groups usually range between five and 20. Accommodations can be made for smaller or larger groups. Please call to schedule your group. 

Throughout the year, there may also be opportunities to assist with special events and clerical work. Please call for shift availability. 

To Volunteer: Please call Julia Varner, volunteer coordinator, at 330-792-5522 ext. 102 or CLICK HERE to download our Volunteer Form and CLICK HERE for the Volunteer Memo; then, complete the requested details and e-mail both forms to Julia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may also mail your completed volunteer form and volunteer memo form to 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, Ohio, 44509, or fax your completed volunteer forms to 330-792-9665 or CLICK HERE to fill out the form and submit online. We hope to see you soon and thank you! 

Financial Donations

For every $1 given, the Food Bank distributes $11 worth of food, which is equivalent to 6 meals, to hungry people through church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after school programs in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.  Your financial support provides fresh produce to seniors and helps working poor families put food on their tables.



BY PHONE (Donations may be given using any major credit card):
Please call 330-792-5522 to make a monetary donation.
BY MAIL: Send check or money order to:
Second Harvest Food Bank
2805 Salt Springs Rd, Youngstown,  OH  44509

DONOR CONFIDENTIALITY – It is the policy of Second Harvest Food Bank to maintain the highest level of confidentiality with respect to donor information. We will not sell nor share donor names, addresses or fund-related financial information with any individual, company or organization outside of the Food Bank, and we will not send donors mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and all gifts are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. From time to time, donor names may be listed in Food Bank publications, but only after written notification is provided.

Food Donation Drop-off Locations

A bagful or a truckload, your food donations provide meals to local families that need them! Every box of rice, can of soup, or bag of beans makes a difference. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Food Bank or at the following locations:

  • Boardman: Big Lots (7110 South Ave)
  • Niles: Big Lots (5796 Youngstown-Warren Rd)
  • North Lima: Armstrong Cable (9328 Woodworth Rd)


Food and Funds Drives

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dependent on the donations of food and funds to meet the needs of our friends, families and neighbors.

Are you interested in holding a food and/or funds drive to help feed hungry families?

CLICK HERE to download a drive registration form.

Submit forms to by email to Julia Varner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax at (330) 792-9665.

All drives and events should be approved by the Food Bank. If you have any questions, please call Julia Varner at 330.792.5522 ext. 102. Collection boxes and barrels are available for pick up at the Food Bank and should be returned there along with the food and funds collected. The Food Bank is located at 2805 Salt Springs Road in Youngstown, Ohio, open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The following are some of the most needed food items:

Most needed year-round:
Peanut butter
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Tuna fish
Dry pasta
Canned soup
Macaroni and cheese

Most needed holiday items:
Boxed stuffing
Instant mashed potatoes
Gravy mix
Canned yams
Canned vegetables


IF YOU are in need of food dial 2-1-1 or text "Help Network" to 898211


The Food Bank's mission is to solicit, store, and distribute food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and to provide education and advocacy. We believe that no one should go hungry, and we are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

So no one goes hungry.

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