Category Volunteer News

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…

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Changing her small part of the world

Our Volunteer of the Month is the amazing Kelly Akins! Kelly has been volunteering consistently with Food Forward since 2017, clocking in about 400 hours! She is reliable, welcoming, and always willing to pitch in where help is needed—whether she’s…

Joy in Volunteering

Kathy Helms is one of the most versatile volunteers at Food Forward in Ventura County.  Kathy has volunteered more than 120 hours with Food Forward From volunteering at our office, to helping out at the Ventura Community Garden, to helping out at strawberry farm gleans,…

Giving and receiving blessings

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff within the first few weeks of my time working at Food Forward. Right off the bat, you could tell how enthusiastic he was about his role as a volunteer and could see the connection he…

Growing organic produce, sharing the abundance

Written by Andrea Howry, Ventura County Backyard Harvest Coordinator On a misty summer morning, behind rows and rows of towering tomato vines, verdant zucchini plants, and lime-green butter lettuces, a retired teacher quietly picks beans and places them by the…

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,…