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Volunteer with Us

We try to keep our volunteer programs fun and easy to participate in. (Due to the location and nature of our work, we ask that participants be at least 12 years of age.) A normal shift is 2.5 hours, and you can participate in as many shifts as you like. It is a great team building and communication activity for company employees, and we have many companies who periodically participate as part of their employee development programs.

Food Pick-up and Delivery

Pick up food donations from donors and deliver to welfare agencies and other NPOs. (Japanese drivers license required).

Food Drive

Collect individual food donations at your school, company, or church.

Friday Harvest Kitchen Preparation

Prepare food for our Saturday hot meal program.

Saturday Harvest Kitchen

Come out on Saturday to help us prepare approximately 450 meals for distribution in Ueno Park. We have three shifts: morning, noon, and afternoon.

Pantry Food Packages

Pack and send out care packages to those in need.

Pantry Pick-Up

Help distribute food directly to households in need at our Asakusabashi office. This program takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 to 5 PM.

Office Volunteer

We have a range of other activities in our office that support our operations. Some require Japanese language skills.

Maybe there is something you would like to do to help that is not listed here.
Contact us to suggest something. We are always looking to put good talent to use.

Comments from our Volunteers

To get started volunteering,
click on the appropriate button
・Volunteers need to be at least 12 years of age
・Japanese language skill is not required

Volunteer Insurance

When you register with us, you are automatically enrolled in our insurance plan.

We have an NPO insurance plan that covers all types of accidents and mishaps for the staff and volunteers.

  • ● NPO Liability Insurance
  • ● NPO Accident Insurance

For further details read see these materials.(Materials drafted by Miyazaki Insurance Office Limited)

Pro Bono Services

Law firms, accounting firms, and design companies often volunteer their services free of charge for the benefit of the NPO or charitable organization of their choice. We welcome those with special skills to donate their time and services to our cause.

For example, we are currently in need of the following services:

  • Checking contracts and other legal documents
  • Consultation on logistics and operational efficiency
  • Translation services

Please contact us if you would like to provide pro bono services

Work with us as an Intern

Are you interested in learning more about food banks, food loss, NPOs and poverty in Japan? Then why don’t you join us as an intern at Second Harvest Japan and deepen your understanding of these issues? Interns participate in many activities that are designed just for them, such as preparing for our volunteer activities, data input, picking up and delivering food products. We are particularly looking for interns that would like to work with us two or so times a week for six months or more.

Contact us for more details

Volunteer Stories

Message from one of 2HJ’s Interns

Message from one of 2HJ’s Interns

Ms. Ayaka Ishii worked as an intern at Second Harv...

“Distributing Evenly is an Art” Interview No. 10 – Takeshi Hirose

“Distributing Evenly is an Art” Interview No. 10 – Takeshi Hirose

Our tenth volunteer interview is with Takeshi Hiro...

“More like having fun than working”  Volunteer interview No.9: Ms. Sagane and Ms. Shiramizu

“More like having fun than working” Volunteer interview No.9: Ms. Sagane and Ms. Shiramizu

For our volunteer interview No. 9, Mr. John Wood i...

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