Volunteer Opportunities

Food Bank Clerk

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.

Where: Food For Thought 6550 Railroad Avenue Forestville

Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 3-4 hour shifts

Age: 16 years old minimum

Required: Compassionate heart, ability to lift and carry full grocery bags (maximum 15 lbs. per bag), willing to work

Home Delivery Driver

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.

Where: Based at Food For Thought in Forestville with routes throughout Sonoma County

Time: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Deliveries are picked up between 1 and 5 PM.

Age: Over 18 years old

Required: Proof of valid driver’s license and current auto insurance, ability to lift and carry full grocery bags, friendly, dependable, on time

Food Drive Volunteer

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. Read more about our food drives here.

Where: Santa Rosa, Cotati, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Guerneville

Time: Saturdays, 3-hour shift

Age: 16 years old and up, younger children OK with parents.

Required: Friendly demeanor in public, ability to stand outdoors for two to three hours.


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.

Where: Food For Thought 6550 Railroad Avenue Forestville

Time: Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m., at least a two hour commitment

Age: 16 years and older

Required: Physical ability to do light to heavy gardening and ability to follow directions

Food For Thought Antiques

Antique Store

Food For Thought Antiques and Collectibles store provides an ongoing income source for Food For Thought. Volunteers work in our retail store, located at 2701 Gravenstein Highway South in Sebastopol. Volunteers are also needed to pick up donations and help with special events at the store.

Time: Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Age: 18 years and older

Required: Ease in dealing with customers

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.

Where: Various

Time: Various

Clerical / Receptionist / Data Entry

Answer phones, write thank you notes, help with mailings, perform essential data entry work, and help with miscellaneous filing. A variety of positions are available according to ability and availability.

Where: Food For Thought 6550 Railroad Avenue Forestville

Time: Tuesday - Saturday as needed, 4-hour shifts are morning or afternoon

Required: Professional demeanor and attention to detail is important. Knowledge and experience with database management a plus.

Donation Pickups

Donation Pickups

Use your pickup truck or van to collect donations at various locations in Sonoma County.

Where: Various

Time: Saturday afternoons and other times as needed

Required: Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance, ability to lift cases of canned goods and/or 50 lb. sacks