Category Volunteer News

Marin picking citrus from a tree

Sustainability in action

After a few months of helping out at harvests as a general volunteer, Marin was subjected to an incessant slurry of requests to train as a Pick Leader. Staff and fellow volunteers noticed right away that she was, well, a…

Volunteer of the Month – Jeff Feldman

Jeff has been a part of the Food Forward community for over 8 years, and in that time has become an invaluable and beloved member. He is full of so much gleaning knowledge and tips and is always happy to…

Close-up photo of many kumquats

Volunteer Survey Results

En español abajo In November 2021, Food Forward’s Volunteer Team released an online volunteer survey in both English and Spanish. The goal of the survey was to find out more about who our community is and learn ways to improve…

Box of red and green peppers

Vital volunteering can happen from home

Congratulations to Sinead, our June Volunteer of the Month! Sinead has put in many hours of work since the end of last year to clean up our press contacts list, making sure we have accurate names and emails. This is fairly tedious work and…

Calin in front of blue sky with fruit picker

Finding community through volunteering

Meet Calin, our May Volunteer of the Month! Calin is only 16 so his mom joins him on picks. Calin just recently trained to be a Pick Leader (he has done 10 events as a Pick Leader, picking more than 2400…

A family glean team

Celebrating April’s Volunteer of the Month: Ekta Garg! Ekta has volunteered over 90 hours with Food Forward so far! She volunteers in both our Farmers Market Recovery and Backyard Harvest programs, but has really been a staple of the Thousand Oaks Farmers Market throughout…

Volunteers with stack of Food Forward Boxes

Volunteer of the Month

Since the start of the new year Ceci has led 20 harvests…as in, 20 harvests in 47 days…as in, there’s a 43% chance that she’s harvesting fruit on any given day. As new staff navigated their way through an onslaught…

Asian pears

Making a difference with design!

This month we are not featuring a harvester or gleaner…in fact, this volunteer has never even touched a piece of Food Forward produce! Our Volunteer of the Month is Joe Finucane, a graphic designer from England (now based in Budapest!).…

Volunteers smiling in front of pile of Food Forward boxes

Volunteering brings them closer together

This December we are recognizing two volunteers – Grace and Katie! Tanzi Jackson, Farmers Market Recovery Program Supervisor, says: “I would love to nominate Grace and Katie, a mother-daughter duo that has been killing it at the Encino market! Since…