Learning and Volunteer Opportunities

Food Waste and Food Insecurity
Learning and Volunteer Opportunities

At this time, Food Forward’s community volunteer events are limited, but there are countless ways to join the work to fight food waste and food insecurity. Below is a list of additional opportunities to learn about, volunteer with, and support our shared community in accessing fresh food and other resources. 

Last Update: January 2024

Other organizations with volunteer opportunities

Food Forward sometimes has more volunteers than available volunteer opportunities. Below are some of our partner hunger relief agencies that are currently accepting volunteers!


  • Activity: Every Wednesday, FEAST packages a week’s worth of fruits and veggies for 75 families living all over Los Angeles. We are looking for volunteers to help with sorting and packaging groceries each week.
  • Where: Mercado la Paloma Community Room – 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
  • When: Every Wednesday, from 9–11 a.m. and 3–4:30 p.m.
  • How to Get More Info: Sign up to volunteer on our Signup Genius or reach out to the team at [email protected]. We love big groups!

API Forward Movement

  • Activity: Produce Distribution
  • Where: Various locations in LA County (Barnes Park, Sierra Vista Park, LASHP (Chinatown), Thai CDC)
  • When: Once a month
  • How to Get More Info: Please reach out to [email protected] for volunteer event logistics


    • Activity: Help sort and distribute fresh produce to over 150 families, come to volunteer and stay for the fun!
    • Where: 1763 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031
    • When: Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, from 12–4 p.m.
    • How to Get More Info: Email [email protected] , fill out a Volunteer Sign-Up Form or follow @NELAMERCADITO on Instagram

    Seeds of Hope

    • Activity: Bagging produce
    • Where and When: Tuesdays at Various West Hollywood Sites from 9 a.m.–3p.m.; Wednesdays at Various LGTB Center Sites (Hollywood) from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at Echo Park Community Compost Hub at 5 p.m.; Thursdays at St. Barnabas in Eagle Rock from 8:30 a.m.–11 a.m. and Fridays in Echo Park from 7:30 a.m.–11a.m.; Fridays at Various LGBT Center Sites from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    • How To Get More Info: Sign up or email Steven at [email protected] or Danny at [email protected]

    Long Beach Community Table

    • Activity: Huge variety of activities at various sites around Long Beach
    • When: Every day of the week (though Sundays are the biggest need!)
    • How to Get More Info: Sign up

        Friends in Deed

        • Activity: Bagging produce, unloading and sorting through donations, making pre-packed shelf stable bags, “running” bags to clients, checking-in clients, helping where needed. 
        • Where: 444 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104
        • When: Weekly Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings and afternoons. Times vary depending on our current needs.
        • How to Get More Info: Email [email protected] or rionwfriendsindeedpas.org

        Acción Comunitaria

        • Qué: Distribuir frutas y vegetales
        • Dónde y cuándo: Miércoles 2–5 p.m. en Cypress Park, Sábado 9 a.m.–12 p.m. en Glassell Park
        • Para más información: Manda un correo electrónico a [email protected] o por Instagram @accion.comunitaria.90065
        • Se habla español

        Catholic Charities Moorpark Pantry Plus

        • Activity: Office & warehouse duties (bagging produce, stocking, sorting, etc.)
        • Where: 612 Spring Rd Suite 101, Moorpark, CA 93021
        • When: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
        • How to Get More Info: Email Cinthia at [email protected]

        MEND Poverty

        • Activity: Preparing and distributing Food Kits filled with healthy produce to the community; assisting with intake of clients receiving food  
        • When: Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.–12 p.m.  
        • How to Get More Info: Contact [email protected]

        St. Joseph Center

        • Activity: Bagging food items
        • Where: 204 Hampton Drive, Venice, CA 90291
        • When: Monday 10–11:50 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday 12–2:50 p.m.
        • How to Get More Info: Email [email protected] or call 310-396-6468 x332

          Iglesias el Nuevo Nacimiento

          • Qué: Preparando cajas de comida
          • Dónde: 1600 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
          • Cuándo: Semanalmente los martes y jueves 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
          • Para más información: Manda un correo electrónico a [email protected] o llama a 323-252-2625
          • Se habla español

          North Valley Caring Services

          • Activity: Bagging produce
          • Where: 15453 Rayen St, North Hills, CA 91343
          • When: Fridays from 9–11:30 a.m.
          • How to Get More Info: Visit their website or call office: 818-891-0481 x1023

          Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center

          • Activity: Bagging and giving out produce
          • Where: Northridge Hospital Medical Center
          • When: Fourth Thursday of each month; 1–5 p.m. (flexible shifts)
          • How to Get More Info: Email [email protected]

          Hollywood Food Coalition

          • Activity: Sorting and weighing food, loading and unloading vehicles, interacting with recipients and donors, repackaging and storing items. Must be able to stand for a long time, lift 50 lbs. or more, and take direction. Training will be provided.
          • Where: 1223 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (entrance on La Mirada)
          • When: 2 shifts: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
          • How to Get More Info: [email protected]

          YMCA Montebello

          • Activity: Setting up and distributing food
          • Where: Montebello-Commerce YMCA, 2000 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640
          • When: Each Thursday morning from 6 a.m.–9 a.m. (set up first hour, distribution 7– 8:30 a.m., breakdown until 9 a.m.)
          • How to Get More Info: Volunteer project catalog

          Watts Labor Community Action Committee

          • Activity: MudTown Farms Free Produce Giveaway at Watts Labor Community Action Committee
          • Where: 10950 S Central Ave, Los Angeles 90059
          • When: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
          • How to Get More Info: Sign up on L.A. Works Page

          Watts Labor Community Action Committee

          • Activity: MudTown Farms Community Work Days / Días de Trabajo Comunitario
          • Where: 2001 E 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002
          • When: Every Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
          • How to Get More Info: Sign up on L.A. Works Page

          Hunger Action LA

          • Activity: Packing food bags for distribution 
          • Where: St. Mary’s Church – 944 S. Normandie, Los Angeles, CA 90006
          • When: Wednesdays – arrive between 8:30am and 10:00am, work goes on until 1:00pm or 2:00pm (you can work any window within those times)
          • How to Get More Info: email [email protected]

          Hunger Action LA

          • Activity: Driving food bags to clients’ households
          • Where: Pick up food bags at Hunger Action LA at St. Mary’s Church, 944 S. Normandie, Los Angeles, CA 90006 – Delivery across the Los Angeles region (You would drop off to 4 or 5 houses/apartments)
          • When: Wednesdays – arrive between 12:15pm and 2:00pm 
          • How to Get More Info: email [email protected]

          Hunger Action LA

          • Activity: Assisting with Hunger Action LA programs at farmers markets
          • Where: Adams Vermont Farmers Market, East LA Farmers Market, West Covina Farmers Market, and possibly others
          • When: Days and times vary (email for more info)
          • How to Get More Info: email [email protected]

            Creative ways to donate your time

            • If you’re able, check on your elderly or immunocompromised neighbors. Volunteer to shop for them, or help order them food.
            • Ask your local grocery store(s) what they do with food they can’t sell. Play matchmaker with a local hunger relief agency. If you have a car, volunteer to transport the food.

            Learn about food waste and food insecurity

            Give money, food, or supplies

            Find food for yourself or someone else

            • Are you or someone you know looking for free produce? Check out this page
            • Find a food pantry in Los Angeles County here or here, or in Ventura County here.
            • Check out hospitality industry resources here, food industry resources here, and restaurant worker resources here
            • Check these meal pick-up and delivery options for seniors or homebound folks:

            If you have recommendations, please contact us at [email protected]