Since our founding in 1988, Food For Thought has been a volunteer-based organization. Today some 600 volunteers selflessly give their time and energy to make sure their seriously ill neighbors in Sonoma County consistently receive fresh, healthy food.
We love to meet enthusiastic people who want to give back to the community through one of our many volunteer positions. We welcome individuals, businesses, service groups, and students, and we provide training for all volunteer positions.
To get started. please complete our volunteer registration form. We will contact you soon after you submit your form. If you have any questions, please email Helen Myers at HelenM@FFTfoodbank.org or call (707) 887-1647.
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.
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 in the Loving Spoonful Program assist our chef to prep, prepare, and package healthy and delicious soups, salads, and other items for our clients. Volunteers with all levels of cooking skills are welcome to join our kitchen crew — and no experience is necessary! Shifts take place at the kitchen at Shone Farm in Santa Rosa every Monday from 10 am-12:30 pm and 1 pm-4 pm.
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.