Each of our Fruit Picks is lead by a Pick Leader. This highly rewarding leadership position ensures that each fruit pick is fun and organized. The only way we can pick more fruit and host more fruit picks, is to recruit more pick leaders The short training is simple and fun, and the satisfaction of being a pick leader is immense! Sign up for our next Pick Leader Academy on our events page.
“After a day of volunteering with Food Forward, I feel like I have paid for a day of my keep on this earth in a tangible (not to mention fun and sweaty) way. I have taken something that would otherwise fall to the ground and be wasted and put that into grateful hands and mouths.”- Tran, Pick Leader
The easiest way to become involved with Food Forward is to sign up to volunteer on a fruit pick! Each fruit pick is approximately 2 hours, with all the picking equipment provided by Food Forward. You’re required to bring your picking hands and a fruitful spirit! Sign-up for an event on our events page (dates, times, and locations specified).
Food Forward volunteers known as Property Scouts, visit each potential site for a fruit pick prior to the picking event. If you like being outside and enjoy engaging neighbors, property scouting is a fantastic way to support Food Forward. The position requires a brief training process and easy access to transportation to visit different potential pick sites.
TRAIN AND START YOUR OWN HARVEST TEAM
Fight hunger with your group on an ongoing basis. A Harvest Team requires the following commitments:
GLEAN TEAM LEADER
The Glean Team Leader represents Food Forward at the market and leads the glean. They are asked to be available twice a month, taking into account the GTL’s schedule. All GTLs should have a smart phone to take pictures of donation information and farmer spotlights to share on social media. Their responsibilities include:
FARMERS MARKET GLEANER
As our Farmers Market Recovery program continuous to expand, so do our volunteer needs. We are always looking for volunteers to be Farmers Market Recovery (FMR) Gleaners. FMR gleaners help the onsite Glean Team Leader distribute boxes to farmers and collect donated farmers market produce. The donated produce is then given to agencies that distribute it people in need. If you like farmers markets and want to engage with your local farmers, this opportunity is for you! To learn about upcoming farmers market volunteer opportunities email email@example.com or go to our Events Page and look for Farmers Market Recovery events in your area.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
As the Food Forward office continues to grow, so do our program needs. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with day to day office tasks, such as sorting volunteer release forms, preparing our fruit picking vehicles, and supporting our administrative needs, ensuring that all runs smoothly in Fruitland. If you like working in an office setting and you want to volunteer, this opportunity is for you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a volunteer day at the FruitQuarters.
Food Forward sells a variety of value added food products such as, marmalades, preserved lemons, syrups, etc. Food Forward hosts food production days at kitchens around Los Angeles, and we need your help. We are often looking for volunteers interested in learning about food preservation and cooking. Join us and volunteer in the kitchen to help produce our Food Forward products. All of the proceeds made from the sale of these products go directly into scaling our mission to help fight hunger through rescuing excess food! If you’re interested in volunteering at a food production day, email email@example.com.