Hours: We operate Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The first step to becoming a FOOD Share volunteer is to attend a 45 minute group volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientation consists of a tour of our facilities, signing our volunteer paperwork (application, waiver, and pledge), and receive a hard copy volunteer handbook, your FOOD Share name badge, and FOOD Share t-shirt (while supplies last).
Group orientations take place every:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am / 10am / 2pm / 3pm
Wednesdays 9am / 10am
Email email@example.com with your selected date and time.
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.
Rescue Food Sorting for Groups – Team building activity
Date: December 31, 2018
Team building activity – Food Sorting for Groups
Description: Inspect, sort, and box food (produce, canned and packaged) for agency distribution.
- We can accommodate 6 to15 volunteers at a time. The minimum amount of people is 6 the maximum is
- Minimum age requirement is 12 years of age or older.
- The duration is two hours.
- Attire: Closed toed shoes, layered casual clothing. Anyone wearing flip flops or other inappropriate shoes will not be able to participate.
- All participants must be able to walk, bend and lift boxes of product weighing up to 35 lbs without assistance.
- Check in with the receptionist in the lobby of the 4156 building asking for the Volunteer Department.
- FOOD Share group lead: Rob Jankowski cell (805)207-4294
- All new volunteers are asked to complete our liability waiver prior to participating in volunteer activities at the Food Bank. Pre-sign and bring with you when you come out to enjoy your volunteer activity or sign upon arrival.http://www.foodshare.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/FS_Volunteer_Waiver_with_fields.pdf
- You will be asked to sign in upon arrival. The group won’t start until all volunteers are present.
Bookings are on a first come, first serve basis. If you see a date and shift that fits your availability tell us to tentatively book it for you. Once a date is booked, a week prior to your selected date you will receive a confirmation email. Reply back by Thursday confirming you have at least 6 people. If you are unable to recruit the minimum of 6 people we suggest you let your group invite family/friends to join your group (as long as everyone is 12 years of age or older). If you do not reach the minimum of 6 we will need to reschedule. At any given time of the month your group will either be helping to sort food, pack food, or sorting through produce if you select a Thursday afternoon shift.
If you require a longer shift (no more than 4 hours total) we will look into making special arrangements. You will need to be open to splitting up the group into picking produce, garden, sort produce, sort bread, take a 30 minute tour of the facilities. All activities are solely based on inventory availability.
Carpooling greatly encouraged! Free public parking. Please do not park in front of the Channel Islands Roofing building. Park in any open spaces directly in front of FOOD Share or on the sides or back of the 4156 FOOD Share building. You can drive across Lambert and park on the South side of Southbank Road or park on Lambert and walk to the FOOD Share building.
To get a better idea of what to expect and where to go see the attached rescue food sorting volunteer job description.ttp://www.foodshare.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Rescue-Food-Sorting-Volunteer-Job-Description.pdf
Additional info: Many groups dine at one of the restaurants at the Collection at Riverpark located down the street from FOOD Share before or after their shift. Here is the link http://thecollectionrp.com/dine
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Rescued Food Sorting
Inspect, sort, and box food (produce, canned and packaged) for agency distribution.
Activity is based upon availability of product.
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.
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.
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.
SENIOR Share Program
Fill bags of food for low income seniors at various distribution sites located throughout the county.
This program operates in every city and distributes every other week of the year, Monday-Friday during morning hours.
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.
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.
Inspect, sort, and box bread into various categories made ready for agency distribution.
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.
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.
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.
Food Drive Volunteer
Assist Food Drive Coordinator in organizing and carrying-out food drives in neighborhoods/work places/schools/churches/clubs.
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.
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.
Pantry Volunteer Assistant
Help at our partner pantry agencies with duties specified by agency contact. You would become their volunteer.
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.
FOOD Share Academy
- Wash food collection bins as needed
- Wash FOOD Share trucks as needed
To become a volunteer, please complete the FOOD Share volunteer form.
(805) 983-7100 ext. 104