Category Volunteer News

Sharing the joy

Our Volunteer of the Month is Trish Carruth, one of our Glean Team Leaders in Ventura County! At the beginning of the pandemic, Trish had not volunteered with Food Forward for over two years. But as soon as she heard…

A sense of connectedness and purpose

Our Volunteer of the Month is James Roncal! James is an incredible volunteer—the first time he ever volunteered with us at the West Hollywood Farmers Market, our partner agency, Mutual Aid Action Los Angeles, couldn’t fit all the boxes in…

A part of something big

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Betsy Vanleit! Betsy has been volunteering with Food Forward since 2016, and before long she trained as both a Pick Leader and Glean Team Leader. In the last few months, Betsy has been “solo”…

Passing along the value of volunteerism

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Matt Sanderson, who has been volunteering with Food Forward since December 2019. Matt finished his Pick Leader training in January 2020 and made a huge impact in very little time! In only 10 months…

On Sundays, this dynamic duo gets to work

This month we’re featuring two Volunteers of the Month – Nick Doctors and Patrick McPhilamy. Nick and Patrick have both gleaned all but four Sundays since we started back up at Encino in June—a total of thirteen gleans, plus they’re…

Doing good for others in his spare time

Meet our Ventura County Volunteer of the Quarter, and Volunteer of the Month, Eric S! Eric is a Volunteer Support Driver in Ventura County, and helps us keep everything running smoothly. Eric restocks our storage for market gleans and backyard…

The rising tide brings in all ships

Nikole and her husband, Jake, started volunteering with Food Forward in early 2020. Shortly after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Nikole finished her Pick Leader training and has since become one of our most active Pick Leaders. Since early April, Nikole…

No one goes hungry

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Gary Sarcione! Gary is a dedicated Glean Team Leader at the Ventura Saturday Farmers Market. He’s been volunteering several times a month since 2016 and has been a huge help at the market! Read…

Highlighting volunteer heroes in Ventura County

While Food Forward has continued to recover large quantities of fruits and vegetables since the COVID-19 crisis began, our community volunteer events are paused for the time being. However, our trained Volunteer Event Leaders and partners are continuing to support…