Volunteer!

We have many opportunities to Volunteer with Food For All! If you have specific interests we can match you with the proper opportunity to serve your community. Please contact our Food For All Representative, Kyle Jacobs at food4all@occac.com or by phone at 509-422-4041 ext. 30

Volunteer Opportunities:

Gleaning
Come glean fresh produce for the food banks while enjoying the agriculture scene of the Okanogan.  Weekly on-call events available as our donors inform us.  If you would like to be on the volunteer short-list for weekday mornings or Saturday gleans, please contact Sara Gerlitz at 422-4041 x30 or come to your local farmer's market for more information.

Food Bank Garden, OCCAC Building

The Food For All garden located on the south end of the OCCAC building grows food for the food bank. The apple bin boxes utilize the square-foot method of gardening providing a direct link from soil to shopping bag for our food bank clients in Okanogan. Come volunteer during food bank hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-11am. Plant, weed and harvest, learn how to grow vegetables!


Garden Mentoring
Become a Garden Mentor for low-income families in Okanogan County. The Growing, Gardening, Gleaning Together (GGGT) program will be starting off in January 2012. We have a grant to build 10 gardens at the the homesites of 10 families. If you're an experienced gardener and would like to help new families grow nutricious fruits and vegetables consider becoming a mentor.

Garden Building
We will be buliding ten gardens next Spring for low-income families. If you'd like to learn the Square Foot Gardening method, a great solution for small-space gardening and help low-income families increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, consider helping out on garden building and/or planting parties.

Nutritional Dinners/Food Preservation Education
Growing, Gardening, Gleaning Together (GGGT) will put on 18 classes in 2012 and we are looking for instructors and volunteers to help.  Classes will include canning workshops demonstrating the techniques of both hot water bath and pressure canning; dehydrating/freezing class which will demonstrate the techniques around freezing and drying foods to be stored through the winter.  The nutrition component includes nutritional dinners with education on how the dinner was prepared and key points of nutritional value of the dinner.

Video Manual Project
OCCAC will be creating a video manual with video clips of families, volunteers, garden mentors and food bank clients, as well as steps OCCAC took to make the program a success.  The Wal-Mart Foundation granted OCCAC $25,000 for the GGGT program in 2012 and part of the grant includes a video manual project.  This video manual will highlight Wal-Mart as the primary sponsor of this program and give full credit to the Wal-Mart Foundation and it's strive to end hunger in rural areas.  This manual will be available to any and all agencies who would like to duplicate OCCAC's success. We will need volunteers interested in working on this project, filming, editing, final production, vision.