Category Volunteer News

A communal experience, even by herself

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Christine Chang! Christine only started volunteering with us in January, training to become a “Solo Harvester” during the pandemic. Though she was new to volunteering with us, Christine hit the ground running, picking about…

A little bit goes a long way

Our Volunteer of the Month is Jared McMahon! Jared is a Glean Team Leader who has been volunteering with Food Forward since 2017, and in that time, he’s volunteered at 45 events! He frequently volunteers at westside farmers markets, and…

A positive contributor to her community

Our Volunteer of the Month is the wonderful Deanne Derse! Deanne first started volunteering with Food Forward in 2019, and she quickly became a Super Volunteer. Deanne is a Pick Leader, Glean Team Leader in Ventura County—she also often frequently…

Doing her best, doing what she can

We are so happy to announce that Pooja is our Volunteer of the Month! Pooja has been leading harvests since December 2019. Throughout the pandemic, she’s been a super harvester, picking almost every weekend! In her time with Food Forward,…

Every single box makes a difference

Our Volunteer of the Month is Payal Patel! Payal led 24 times last year, and she attended the first Agency Spotlight event we opened up to Glean Team Leaders right before the pandemic. She has been a huge help at…

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…

“Our collective power fills these boxes”

Meet our volunteer of the month, Brenda Rees! Brenda has been volunteering with Food Forward for several years and is a trained Pick Leader, Glean Team Leader, and Community Ambassador. As a Pick Leader, Brenda is an active and passionate…

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…