Category Volunteer News

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…

Helping make the world go round

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Mary MacVean! Mary is a regular at our Produce Pick-Up in Watts, in partnership with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee. Mary is training to become a Produce Pick-Up Lead to support staff at…

A family activity & a way to contribute

Tom has been volunteering with his 3 adorable kids and lovely wife since February 2018. We met him at an avocado harvest in Somis, and he’s been volunteering regularly ever since! Tom and his family have stepped up in this…

From the harvest to someone's table

Our Volunteer of the Month is Dee Bernaldo! Dee is one of our fabulous Ventura County Pick Leaders who has been instrumental in helping us get to all the fruit trees on our list. Ventura County Branch Coordinator Andrea Howry…

Doing what he can to help

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Harry Matsumoto! Harry is an Event Leader in three of Food Forward’s programs—he’s a Glean Team Leader, Pick Leader, and Community Ambassador! He’s been critical to keeping the Pasadena glean going over the past…

A Super Troop of Fruit Harvesters

Juliet is one of the Backyard Harvest Programs’ newest Pick Leaders! Since finishing her Pick Leader training, she has led harvests across all of San Gabriel Valley and East LA. Juliet is the leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, who are…