Volunteers


Volunteers are needed in every aspect of our operation from our pantry gardens where we grow fresh produce to be handed out, to warehouse, office work, distribution, and more. We even have a mobile food bank called Living On The Streets that goes out to the homeless in the Inland Empire. We feed more than 1000 people every day, from Fontana to Calimesa, and even in the mountain communities, like Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and Forest Falls. That takes a lot of people power!

Everyone Can Volunteer!

We have people of nearly all ages, groups of Boy Scouts, college fraternities and sororities, student volunteers, and school community service groups getting involved. Church groups of all denominations, from Christian to Muslim, pitch in to lend a hand. Even children’s groups are making a difference in their community.

If this is your student “gap year,” or you would like to spend the summer volunteering, what better way to spend it than helping to feed the poor and needy men, women, and children in your community?

Volunteer Areas

“Full” indicates our volunteer opportunities for that area are full. Please check back soon if an area interests you. We update this list frequently.

Distribution
Gardens
Living On The Streets
Office
Student Food Assistance Program
Warehouse
Farmers Markets

Distribution

Full
Volunteers at the distribution center help check in clients and hand out food.

Gardens

Have a green thumb? We have two large gardens where volunteers are needed to adopt a day to help maintain and harvest the vegetables (peppers, squash, broccoli, etc.) that are grown for our neighbors in need. If you enjoy gardening, volunteers are needed to weed, feed, plant, harvest, and maintain the gardens. Volunteers can also help harvest fruit from local orchards. The harvest is left with a neighbor or delivered to the warehouse. Volunteers can help any day during daylight hours.

If you have extra fresh vegetables and fruits from your own gardens, we will gladly accept your donations at our San Bernardino warehouse.

Helping hands turn out for Redlands pantryThe gardens we operate are:

Judson Garden
1157 Judson St
Redlands CA 92374

Chestnut Garden
1102 Chestnut
Redlands CA 92373

Living On The Streets

Needs Volunteers for new and expanded routes!

Volunteers in Living on the Streets are needed to use our mobile food bank to help deliver food to the homeless for three hours one day a week or more, if possible. The hours to volunteer are 6:45 am to 10:45 am. You start and end at our warehouse. We require a weekly commitment for this position where you volunteer the same day every week.

Location NameLocation AddressArrivalDeparture
Redlands612 Lawton St.
Redlands, CA 92374
9:00am9:15am
San Bernardino1192 E. Davidson St.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
9:30am9:45am
Colton1291 N. Rancho Blvd.
Colton, CA 92324
10:00am10:15am

Office

The main office could use volunteers with office skills and business skills to help implement, maintain, and track various programs. Volunteers will help with phone calls, filing, fundraising, and other general office duties. Those with skills in graphic design, IT, accounting, writing, and editing are also needed. This is primarily 7-4 M-F, but can be any hours any day.

Student Food Assistance Program

Student taking notes
Volunteers deliver food to college and grad students on Fridays using their own vehicle to deliver to a small area. This starts at our warehouse where you place bags in the trunk of your vehicle and deliver to several locations all in the same geographic area. We also have opportunities to deliver to disabled and elderly clients.

Warehouse

Community Supported AgricultureOpen 7 days a week and needing a variety of skills. Truck drivers, mechanics, tradesmen, and people to help us sort and bag food.

2205 S. Artesia St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Hours of Operation
Sunday7am-3pm
Monday7am-3pm
Tuesday7am-3pm
Wednesday7am-3pm
Thursday7am-3pm
Friday7am-3pm
Saturday7am-3pm

Please contact us if you wish to be here at a different time.

Farmers Markets

We are now getting the word out by being present at the Farmers Market (Market Night) in Redlands. We specialize in getting healthier alternatives to our clients. This includes a lot of produce, some of which we grow ourselves and much of the rest being provided by local growers — some of whom are at this same Farmers Market. The idea behind this is to inform more people of the problem and of the many ways that they can help. It is our sincere hope and belief that as more people come to see what we have learned, that they too will become passionate about ending this problem, and that together we will make it happen. If you want to help and enjoy talking to people, we can use help at our booth at this local Farmers Market. Help us get the word out.

If you are an individual, a family, a couple, or have a group that wishes to volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application form.