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.

FOOD Share’s Agency Partner SVDP Santa Clara – Oxnard

FOOD Share’s Agency Partner SVDP Santa Clara – Oxnard

Santa Clara Elementary School, 324 South E Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

On-site contact: George 487-1509

Every Saturday (year round) 7:45am-8:30am.  Looking for a committed person year round.

Volunteer duties: Help check-in, hand out in-take forms for first time visitors (Spanish Speaking Required).  This is not a FOOD Share volunteer opportunity.  You would become our FOOD Share pantry partner volunteer, SVDP Santa Clara.

Attire: Casual layered clothing, closed toed shoes

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Every Saturday 6:50am-8:30am Help check-in, hand out in-take form for first time visitors (Spanish Speaking Required) 2 2 •
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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