Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteering is a work of HEART. Become a part of the team that feeds over 75,000 Ventura County residents each month! Volunteer opportunities for individuals (12 yrs & older only) and groups (min. 6, max 15 people) are available Monday through Friday at our Food Share warehouse, events, and with our farm and gleaning partners. Shifts vary depending on opportunity. Not all opportunities are available. Please contact our Volunteer Department to find out.

Hours: We operate Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Questions about volunteering? Contact: 
Christina Forino, Director of Volunteer Services
(805) 983-7100 ext. 104

Volunteer Handbook: 
CLICK HERE to read and review the Volunteer Handbook before registering.

Many caring people have reached out to ask us how the community can help Food Share feed vulnerable families and seniors during the COVID-19 emergency.

There are TWO keys ways can support our mission, which is more vital now than ever.

1. Sign up for a volunteer shift. 
Our volunteers enable to us to do the work we do. Without them it become very difficult for us to operate. Since the beginning of this outbreak, many of our volunteer groups have canceled their shifts. We have also asked that our volunteers who are aged 65+ or have health conditions that may leave them more vulnerable to infection, to put their own health needs first and self-isolate. So, we need help!

If you are not in a high-risk group, are not experiencing any symptoms of illness please register for a shift below.

We are taking safety precautions to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy.

  • Our facility is being cleaned and sanitized daily by a professional cleaning company. We are also wiping down door handles and other surfaces in common use multiple times a day with a bleach solution.
  • On arrival at our facility, volunteers will be asked to thoroughly wash their hands and will then be given a fresh pair of protective gloves. Volunteers must repeat this process when they take a break. 
  • Volunteers must also sign in with their full name and contact details and sign out again when they leave so that we can quickly identify possible exposure should someone later test positive for COVID-19. 
  • During their shift, volunteers will be positioned 6 feet apart on the packing and sorting lines, to ensure a safe level of social distancing. 

Pop-up Food Pantry – Ventura Fairgrounds

Pop-Up Food Pantry – Harding Park, Santa Paula

2. Donate to help our food purchasing efforts
There will be an increase in demand for emergency food assistance over the forthcoming weeks and we need to buy more food. Now. We are asking that you donate on our secure donation webpage.  Please help with a donation no matter how small. We Thank You! 

Volunteer Opportunities

For registered volunteers, current opportunities below

New Volunteer Registration

Please click below to attend an orientation and create your volunteer profile

Due to increased needs in response to COVID-19, volunteer orientation will be waived. Please sign up for your preferred volunteer activity.  Any questions, please contact Christina Forino at (805) 983-7100 x104. Thank you!


to create your New Volunteer profile and sign-up for a New Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Opportunities

Assist our Event Coordinator with the coordination and/or implementation of fund raising activities, information booths at community events, parades, etc. Volunteer duties vary and may include: manning a booth, distributing Food Share information and materials, meeting and greeting attendees, registering attendees, running booth activities, parking logistics, serve food, sell raffle tickets, decorate, set-up and break down of booth, and perform other duties as needed.

Inspect, sort, and box food (produce, canned and packaged) for agency distribution.

Activity is based upon availability of product. If you are wanting to register a group of 6 or more, please email Christina at volunteer@foodshare.com to receive a schedule of availability.

Work directly in the fields to pick produce for distribution. We are in need of volunteer pickers and drivers who are willing to go out into local backyards and private orchards to help pick the bounty available in Ventura County.

Assist Program Manager, Bob Mancuso, in the Senior Nutrition garden located adjacent to Food Share. Tasks vary and can include hand weeding, weeding with garden tools, harvesting vegetables, planting seeds and installing irrigation.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am – noon.

You must sign up ahead of time in order to enjoy this fun volunteer opportunity.

The regional food bank’s newest program, Food Share & Friends, is a mobile food pantry that delivers food and farm-fresh produce to food insecure individuals with limited access to traditional food pantry sites and programs. Food Share and Friends will also connect people with the food bank’s cross-sector partners, who offer basic needs services, such as employment, housing and health security. Together, through Food Share and Friends, this local collaborative will strive to help individuals in need to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Assist a child in preparing healthy snacks at our Kids’ Farmers’ Market sites. Help our nutritionist with the children, chopping, measuring, washing, cleaning, clearing & setting up tables, help kids take produce at the market portion of the program. You must pass a background check in order to start volunteering for this program. These volunteer openings take place once a month.

Pack and box our Senior Kits that go out once a month to low income seniors in Ventura County.

Inspect, sort, and box bread into various categories made ready for agency distribution.

Inspect, sort, and box produce (fruits and/or vegetables) for agency distribution. For scheduling and safety reasons we ask that your group has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 people. You must pre-schedule your group with with Food Share’s Volunteer Department to enjoy this volunteer opportunity. Groups over 15 are asked to split up to glean, garden, or sort produce. Activity is based upon availability of product.

Help our volunteer, Kathleen O’Connell, maintain our garden, and learn about gardening in the process.

We need volunteers to help water every Monday and Friday. Come when your schedule allows.

Provide administrative/office support to staff for various programs, data entry, filing, organizing, copying, putting packets together, making thank you cards, sending cards, and making thank you calls to donors. Computer experience may be required for certain projects.

Assist Food Drive Coordinator in organizing and carrying-out food drives in neighborhoods/work places/schools/churches/clubs.

Truck Drivers

Drive designated routes for food pick-up and/or deliveries.

Class “C” drivers license and satisfactory DMV driving report required. Must be a minimum age of 21 and under the age of 75. May be on an on-call basis.

Assist the truck driver with loading and unloading of pick ups and deliveries of food products. May be on an on-call basis.

Help at our partner pantry agencies with duties specified by agency contact. You would become their volunteer.

Assist our warehouse staff in a variety of warehouse duties such as pulling orders, assisting agency shoppers with loading and unloading their vehicles, cleaning our cooler and freezer, etc.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups Only

Volunteer orientation is not necessary in a group setting.  We offer:

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Court/Probation Hours


The following items are required in order to be approved to complete hours with Food Share, Ventura County’s Food Bank.  If you are unable to provide these items, you will not be able to perform any scheduled hours.

1. You MUST have a valid photo ID with full name and birth date.

2. A COPY OF the paperwork from probation officer, court document, or attorney stating:

a. Individual’s name
b. specific offense(s) committed
c. Case number or docket number
d. Number of hours required
e. Due by date
f. The name and contact information of the probation officer or Attorney

3. We will not accept violent crimes or theft

4. Schedule: We offer M-F 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. working under the Safety & Maintenance Department

5. Tasks include, but not limited to: warehouse activities such as cleaning, dusting, mopping, throwing out bad foods, outside landscaping, etc.

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