Fight Food Waste as a Volunteer Driver in the San Fernando Valley!
Help us deliver produce to hunger relief agencies and stock market kits with necessary equipment!
****INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT THIS FORM TO APPLY!***
The Farmers Market Recovery Program Volunteer Driver is responsible for restocking our storages for market gleans, transporting produce to hunger relief agencies that do not have the capacity to pick-up, and delivering necessary gleaning equipment to volunteers. The Volunteer Driver is required to have a clean driving record and be able to comfortably lift boxes of produce weighing 40-50 pounds each, frequently in large numbers. A driver with their own vehicle is preferred, but the option to use a transit vehicle which is located in North Hollywood is available.
The Volunteer Driver responsibilities are as follows:
(+) Picking up full boxes of gleaned produce from farmers markets and transporting them to hunger relief agencies (i.e., food pantries/banks, senior centers, homeless shelters) located within a 1-10 mile radius
(+) Restocking different market storages (most are on-site at the market) with boxes and any other necessary gleaning materials (markers, aprons, etc.)
(+) Dropping off necessary gleaning equipment to volunteer event leaders including boxes, keys to storage, etc.
HOURS: ~30-90 minutes, 1-4 times per month as needed. Availability on Saturdays and Sundays a plus, but weekdays are also helpful.
COMPENSATION: This position is an unpaid volunteer position
FARMERS MARKET RECOVERY PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Farmers Market Recovery Program began in 2012 and administers a volunteer-based, systematized collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from farmers at the end of markets. Of the produce gleaned, 100% of is donated to hunger relief agencies serving those in need within 5 to 10 miles of the market. To date, the FMR program has collected over 3.2 million pounds of fresh produce! For each market, we’ve received the support of the Market Manager, vetted local receiving agencies and developed relationships with farmers. We currently collect produce at 25 markets across Southern California
Drivers are needed in the following communities: San Fernando Valley, South Bay, San Gabriel Valley, Westside
About Food Forward
7412 Fulton Ave. #3, North Hollywood, CA 91605, US
Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. We rescue fruits and vegetables from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 50 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year.
We'll work with your schedule.
Various locations in the San Fernando ValleySan Fernando Valley, CA 91406
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- ~30-90 minutes, 1-4 times per month as needed. Availability on Saturdays and Sundays a plus, but weekdays are also helpful.