The Food Lounge is certified to give out the President’s Volunteer Service Award

President’s Volunteer Service Award Program

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others
    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members

Annual Awards

  • 12-Month Award Period ending May 31
  • At least 50% of volunteer hours should be with The Food Lounge. For other service hours, please have the form completed and signed.
  • All required documentation should be submitted electronically to your local chapter by June 15

Age GroupBronze
Award (hours)
Teens (11–15)50–74 75–99100+4,000+
Young Adults (16–25)100–174175–249250+4,000+
Adults (26+)100–249250–499500+4,000+