From our beginnings in 1988 as a small, grassroots organization, we've been able to grow and nourish more and more HIV+ and seriously ill people in Sonoma County because of the support of our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.

Volunteers are the backbone of Food For Thought. We rely on almost 600 volunteers to do a variety of tasks. Whether you want to dig in the dirt, help distribute groceries, plan for fundraisers, or do community outreach, Food For Thought has a volunteer opportunity that's right for you. Browse our volunteer opportunities below, and then fill out our volunteer application.

Food Bank Clerks

Clerks staff the food bank itself in downtown Forestville. Duties include: greeting clients, taking their orders, and filling grocery bags both for walk-in clients and for those who are homebound. Clerks also stock shelves, receive deliveries, break down bulk items, wash windows, sweep floors and pitch in for any task at hand.

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Food Drive Volunteers

This is a great opportunity for those who work during the week but want to help once a month for a few hours!

Three times a month, on Saturdays, volunteers conduct food drives outside the doors of local markets. Food drive volunteers offer flyers to shoppers as they enter the door, asking them to buy extra items while they shop and then receive the donations in bins as the shoppers exit. View upcoming food drive dates here.

Pick-up and Delivery Drivers

Deliver groceries to clients who are homebound due to illness or lack of transportation. Pick up groceries in Forestville in your own car. We provide maps and directions. Usually four to eight stops on a route. Volunteers report an average of two hours of time per route.



Under the direction of master gardeners, volunteers work to help maintain and harvest our organic vegetable, herb and flower gardens and orchard. The garden volunteers generally enjoy a lunch break together, often with fresh greens from the garden. A fine opportunity to learn more about organic gardening as well as touching the earth and connecting with nature.


Volunteers help make shopping at Food For Thought Antiques a wonderful experience! Store clerks and cashiers staff the 3200 square foot retail store and pick-up/delivery drivers keep the store stocked with donated antiques and collectibles. Learn more about volunteering at the store here.


Special Events

Volunteers for a wide range of jobs are needed for all our special fundraising events: ticket takers, registration folk, guides and hosts, food and beverage assistants, drivers, phone solicitors, envelope stuffers, set up, parking, people with strong backs and people with gentle hands, and the (always important) clean-up crew.