odbdenton02Our Daily Bread could not operate were it not for the generous contribution of time and talent given so faithfully by volunteers. Be it food and meal preparation, local food pickups, program coordination services or whatever the need or occurrence, there are people willing to serve.

Along with a full time executive director and four part time employees, it takes an average of 37 volunteers a day for Our Daily Bread to operate and continue its mission. Volunteers also serve on the Our Daily Bread advisory board, work on various advisory board committees and are active in fundraising and promotional events. In the past year more than 22,963 hours have been donated by 786 volunteers at 7996 shifts and events.

Getting Started as a Volunteer

  1. Read this page before THOROUGHLY registering and scheduling your hours.
  2. Register using the “Volunteer Log-in or Register” links below
  3. Once registered, login and select the opportunity that best fits your schedule from the calendar.
  4. Please attend a general orientation on the day you volunteer or as soon as you are able.
  5. Come in and Volunteer! NOTE: You must stay the entire shift, please make sure your schedule allows you to stay before signing up.

Continuing as a Volunteer
Simply log in and sign up per your schedule as often as you would like. 

Volunteer Requirements

  1. Orientation
    • Once you have registered we ask that you attend an orientation on Tuesday or Friday (effective November 21, 2014) mornings at 9:30 am. If you are unable to attend on these days, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment.
  2. Age Policy
    • Volunteers must be age 16 and above.
  3. Groups
    • Volunteer opportunities are available for groups of 10-15 volunteers for Monday Evening Meals, Saturday Lunches, as well as one Saturday a month for Snack Pack preparation.
      Group volunteer opportunities for special events will be posted when scheduled. If interested in scheduling a group, please contact ODB's Volunteer Services Coordinator: 940-566-1308 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  4. Community Service Policy
    • ODB accepts volunteers who are completing hours related to non-violent or non-exploitative charges.
    • ALL community service volunteers must receive authorization to volunteer from the Executive Director or Volunteer Services Coordinator prior to attending orientation.
    • All volunteers must bring paperwork from the court, probation officer, or other official agency with documentation of the charge to orientation.
    • Service-hour forms must be signed the day of service.
  5. Health Code Requirements
    • Long hair should be pulled back off the face or a hairnet must be worn.
    • Facial hair must be neatly trimmed.
    • Volunteers must wear gloves when assisting with food preparation, food service, utensil preparation and food tray disposal.
    • Volunteers must wash hands between tasks.
    • Volunteers may eat in an assigned area at the discretion of the Chef.
    • Volunteers may not work in the kitchen if they are ill.
  6. Dress Code
    • Volunteers must wear clean, comfortable clothing.
    • Closed-toed shoes are required.
    • Shorts must be no shorter than 2" above the knee.
    • No tank, tube, crop, halter, or spaghetti strap tops.
    • Aprons are provided.
    • No dangly jewelry on the wrists or neck is allowed.
    • Cell phone usage is not permitted in the kitchen. If there is an emergency, notify the Chef and step out of the kitchen to take the call.

Sign in or register with Volunteer Matters:

Volunteering as University Coursework
Students seeking volunteer hours for course completion MUST attend an orientation on Tuesday or Friday at 9:30 am. The orientation lasts for one hour. Appointments may be requested for Monday, Wednesday or Thursday by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students requesting interviews with the staff, volunteers or clients MUST attend an orientation and submit at least a one-page overview of the project containing the following:

  1. What is the assignment about, purpose and scope? Since many of our clients cannot read, the student will need to give a copy to the client, read it to them and have them sign a release.
  2. Who will be interviewed and how many of each, i.e. staff, volunteers, clients, etc?
    • All staff, volunteers and clients will need to sign a "Release Form" provided by ODB prior to any interview.
    • The Release Forms will be available at ODB and the signed copies need to be given back to ODB.
  3. What is the start and finish date of the assignment?
  4. How many times do you anticipate being on ODB property, for how long, and what dates?
  5. Where or to whom will the assignment be submitted (include professor's name and other submission information, i.e. North Texas Daily).
  6. Why did you choose Our Daily Bread?

Submissions will be reviewed and students will be notified by the Executive Director to approve the submission, appointments, interviews, etc.

Students are asked to submit a final copy, video, or project to Our Daily Bread upon completion.

The student will notify the Executive Director any the the student is on ODB property, prior to the visit.