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.

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 volunteer@foodshare.com with your selected date and time.

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.

Senior Food Packing / Rescue Food Sorting for Individuals

Food sorting description: Inspect, sort, and box food (produce, canned and packaged) for agency distribution.

Senior Kit food box packing:  Help build box, pack food items into box,weigh, tape, tag, palatalize, and breakdown boxes getting them ready for distribution.

Food Sorting and Senior Kit food box packing for Individuals:  Volunteer orientation is required prior to participating in this activity. Volunteer orientation consists 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. Group style orientations take place every Tuesday & Thursday 9am/10am/2pm/3pm & Wednesdays 9am/10am. Orientations are not available ion holidays. Send an email to volunteer@foodshare.com with the date and time you can come out for orientation.

Registered Individuals do not need to sign up. Walk-in opportunity for registered individuals is every Tu&Th 7:30 am-10:30 am

At any given week you will be helping with one of the following  activities:

Here is the breakdown regarding the rescue food sorting team building activity:

  • Volunteers will check expiration dates, quality of packing, boxing and weighing food items getting it ready for our 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 one and a half or two hours depending on the date selected.
  • 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.
  • All new volunteers are asked to complete our liability waiver prior to participating in volunteer activities at the Food Bank.
  • Check in with the volunteer coordinator, Christina Forino, in the lobby of the 4156 building asking for the Volunteer Department.
  • FOOD Share group lead: Rob Jankowski

News clip: KEYT news aired this clip regarding food sorting. http://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/food/one-day-donation-drive-helping-feed-ventura-county/511631259

Here is the breakdown for the Senior Kit Program (CSFP) team building activity:

FOOD Share was selected out of 18 applying counties to run the senior program called Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).  This program works to improve the health of qualifying low income elderly persons 60 years of age and older. A box of 16 high quality food items will be packed at FOOD Share’s warehouse and distributed to 3,500 seniors a month.  This is a federally funded program run by the state and is part of the Farm Bill.  We pack for senior food once our inventory gets low.  When that happens we switch our food sorting groups to packing of senior food boxes.  Here is information regarding this fun activity:

2 volunteers to assemble boxes

8 volunteers (one per product) to pack into boxes

1 volunteer to cart over packed box onto metal conveyor belt

2 volunteer to weigh, tape, and palatalize boxes

2 volunteer to breakdown boxes/go where needed

  • We can accommodate a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 volunteers at a time.
  • Minimum age requirement is 12 years of age or older.
  • The duration is one and half hours – two hours depending on date selected.
  • 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.
  • All new volunteers are asked to complete our liability waiver prior to participating in volunteer activities at the Food Bank.
  • Check in with the volunteer coordinator, Christina Forino, in the lobby of the 4156 building asking for the Volunteer Department.
  • FOOD Share group lead: Rob Jankowski

Parking Information:

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.

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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.

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.

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.

CSFP

Bread Sorting

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FOOD Share Academy

Other Opportunities

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

Volunteer with FOOD Share

Sign-Up

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

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