How're You Doing On That Resolution to Volunteer Somewhere?
Perhaps this New Year, instead of begrudgingly giving up a much-loved food group such as meat, sweets, or carbs, you are choosing to go the boldly opposite route and add something instead. Food-based volunteer opportunities abound in the Bay, and because January tends to an intensive hiring month for many organizations, this is the perfect time to start.
Evan DuCharme Volunteer at the S.F. Food Bank this year.
SF Food Bank: Be a part of creating 100,000 meals a day! As a Bank volunteer, you will assist in the sorting and packaging of food distributed to pantries and soup kitchens throughout San Francisco and Marin. The Bank's various shifts can fit any schedule, and children are also welcome to volunteer. More information, including the volunteer schedule and sign-up forms, is available on the Food Bank's website.
La Cocina: The S.F.-based incubator kitchen dedicated to the cultivation of low-income food entrepreneurs offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Sign up as a general volunteer to assist with events, administration, and fundraising, or as a technical assistant to help with industry-specific areas such as graphic design, recipe costing, and branding. For those seeking a more intensive commitment, mentor opportunities are also available. Potential volunteers will need to fill out a quick application before starting.
Cuesa: If you believe that variety is the spice of volunteer life, CUESA is the place. The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture offers volunteer placement in everything from culinary programs and photography to social media and database management. Before jumping in, you will need to fill out an application and attend a volunteer orientation on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Extensive information can be found on their website.