Volunteer

Volunteer at FOOD Share
Become a part of the team that feeds over 74,500 Ventura County residents each month! Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups are available Monday through Friday at our FOOD Share warehouse, at events, and with our farm and gleaning partners. Shifts vary depending on opportunity. Not all opportunities are available. Please contact our Volunteer Department to find out.

Hours: We operate Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. See below for contact information.

Become a FOOD Share Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Event Worker Volunteer

Assist our Event Coordinator with the coordination and/or implementation of fund raising activities, information booths at community events, parades, etc. Volunteer duties vary and may include: manning a booth, distributing FOOD Share information and materials, meeting and greeting attendees, registering attendees, running booth activities, parking logistics, serve food, sell raffle tickets, decorate, set-up and break down of booth, and perform other duties as needed. Join our FOOD Share On Call Events Volunteer Team.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Ventura Harvest Festival 2016 September 30, 2016 – October 2, 2016 1
Lexus LaceUp 2016 Promenade Park Ventura October 22, 2016 22

Rescued Food Sorting

Inspect, sort, and box food (produce, canned and packaged) for agency distribution. For scheduling and safety reasons we ask that your group has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 people. You must pre-schedule your group with FOOD Share’s Volunteer Department to enjoy this fun volunteer opportunity. Groups over 15 are asked to split up to glean, garden, or sort produce.

Activity is based upon availability of product.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Rescue Food Sorting for Individuals November 30, 2017 6
Rescue Food Sorting for Groups – Team building activity December 31, 2017 5

Gleaners/Pickers

Work directly in the fields to pick produce for distribution. We are in need of volunteer pickers and drivers who are willing to go out into local backyards and private orchards to help pick the bounty available in Ventura County.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Gleaning Lemons in Ventura N/A 2
Gleaning Oranges in Ojai September 16, 2016 – September 30, 2016 117

Gleaner Pick-up Drivers

Drives designated routes, readies truck for produce picks, oversees group of pickers/gleaners, and drive back to FOOD Share warehouse.

Must be a minimum age of 21 and under the age of 75.

Volunteer Opportunities

No sheets available at this time.

Senior Nutrition Garden

Assist Program Manager, Gray Wilking, in the Senior Nutrition garden located adjacent to FOOD Share. Tasks vary and can include hand weeding, weeding with garden tools, harvesting vegetables, planting seeds and installing irrigation.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am – noon.

You must sign up ahead of time in order to enjoy this fun volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Sr Nutrition Garden August 10, 2016 – September 28, 2016 42

FOOD Share & Friends Mobile Pantry

The regional food bank’s newest program, FOOD Share & Friends, is a mobile food pantry that delivers food and farm-fresh produce to food insecure individuals with limited access to traditional food pantry sites and programs. FOOD Share and Friends will also connect people with the food bank’s cross-sector partners, who offer basic needs services, such as employment, housing and health security. Together, through FOOD Share and Friends, this local collaborative will strive to help individuals in need to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Opportunities

No sheets available at this time.

Kids' Farmers' Market (KFM)

Assist a child in preparing healthy snacks at our Kids’ Farmers’ Market sites. Help our nutritionist with the children, chopping, measuring, washing, cleaning, clearing & setting up tables, help kids take produce at the market portion of the program. You must pass a background check in order to start volunteering for this program. These volunteer openings take place once a month.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Kids’ Farmers’ Market N/A 0

Bread Sorting

Inspect, sort, and box bread into various categories made ready for agency distribution.

Volunteer Opportunities

No sheets available at this time.

Produce Sorting

Inspect, sort, and box produce (fruits and/or vegetables) for agency distribution. For scheduling and safety reasons we ask that your group has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 people. You must pre-schedule your group with with FOOD Share’s Volunteer Department to enjoy this volunteer opportunity. Groups over 15 are asked to split up to glean, garden, or sort produce. Activity is based upon availability of product.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Produce Sorting N/A 1

FOOD Share Teaching Garden

Help our volunteer, Kathleen O’Connell, maintain our garden, and learn about gardening in the process.

We need volunteers to help water every Monday and Friday. Come when your schedule allows.

Volunteer Opportunities

No sheets available at this time.

Clerical Assistant Volunteer

Provide administrative/office support to staff for various programs, data entry, filing, organizing, copying, putting packets together, making thank you cards, sending cards, and making thank you calls to donors. Computer experience may be required for certain projects.

Volunteer Opportunities

No sheets available at this time.

Food Drive Volunteer

Assist Food Drive Coordinator in organizing and carrying-out food drives in neighborhoods/work places/schools/churches/clubs.

Volunteer Opportunities

No sheets available at this time.

Truck Drivers

Truck Drivers

Drive designated routes for food pick-up and/or deliveries.

Class “C” drivers license and satisfactory DMV driving report required. Must be a minimum age of 21 and under the age of 75. May be on an on-call basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Gleaner Driver for local donor route pick-up every Monday and if a holiday Tuesday pick-up N/A 0

Truck Driver Assistant

Assist the truck driver with loading and unloading of pick ups and deliveries of food products. May be on an on-call basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Gleaner Driver for local donor route pick-up every Monday and if a holiday Tuesday pick-up N/A 0

Pantry Volunteer Assistant

Help at our partner pantry agencies with duties specified by agency contact. You would become their volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – B&G Club Ventura (Westview Center) N/A 8
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – B&G Club Ventura (Johnson Location) N/A 6
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – B&G Club Ventura (Oakview Location) N/A 7
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – B&G Club Ventura (Olive Location) N/A 8
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Catholic Charities Ventura N/A 2
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Nucleus. CA Inc – Manafest N/A 9
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Our Lady of Guadalupe N/A 3
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Oxnard Community Food Pantry N/A 2
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Project Understanding N/A 6
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Spirit of Camarillo-Many Meals of Camarillo N/A 5
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – St. Vincent De Paul (Fillmore) – Agency Partner N/A 4
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – SVDP/Oxnard Santa Clara Church N/A 2
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – The Salvation Army (Ventura) N/A 10
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Ventura First Assembly of God N/A 6
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner SVDP Santa Clara – Oxnard N/A 2
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Community Action N/A 1
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Family to Family – Old Mission N/A 9
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Catholic Charities Oxnard N/A 2
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – Beach Side Fellowship N/A 2
FOOD Share’s Agency Partner – La Hermandad N/A 2

Warehouse

Assist our warehouse staff in a variety of warehouse duties such as pulling orders, assisting agency shoppers with loading and unloading their vehicles, cleaning our cooler and freezer, etc.

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Date Open Spots  
Warehouse order fillers N/A 4

Other Opportunities

  • Wash food collection bins as needed
  • Wash FOOD Share trucks as needed

Volunteer with FOOD Share

To become a volunteer, please complete the FOOD Share volunteer form.



Meg Horton
Volunteer Coordinator
(805) 983-7100 ext. 105


Christina Forino
Volunteer Coordinator
(805) 983-7100 ext. 104

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