Want to get your hands dirty?

We believe that local food should be accessible to everyone and that our food connects us to each other –our volunteers help make this happen!

We appreciate how much time and energy volunteers provide and are honored that you are interested in our work.  Volunteer opportunities vary between being outdoors and getting your hands dirty, to packing mealkits and task oriented activities. We have the greatest amount of volunteer opportunities in the summer and early fall when local food is in abundance in Central Oregon.
Got questions or a unique skill you want to share?– email rachel@hdffa.org.

Volunteers gleaning at Sungrounded Farm

How to Get Involved

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Click the “+” to learn more about each volunteer project, and to sign up for any open opportunities!

New this year, HDFFA is partnering with Central Oregon Fill Your Pantry to continue making local food more accessible for all members of our community. This annual bulk buying event will take place November 13, 2021 from 11 am – 2 pm. We are in need of volunteers for a number of different roles including:

  • Vendor Set Up Assistants
  • Customer Assistants
  • Personal Shoppers
  • Vegetable Kit Assemblers
  • VeggieRx Program Volunteers
  • Parking Assistants

Click the button below for full details on all of these opportunities and to sign up!

Through our Grow & Give Program, we partner with local farms to organize and run on-farm harvesting events where we collect produce that may otherwise go to waste. Our Harvest Team is an on-call crew, ready to help get edible produce out of the field and to the food bank.

Carrot Glean Event @ Boundless Farmstead, Wednesday 11/17 11am-2pm

This is a great opportunity for volunteers to be outside and enjoy the Farmer’s Market while helping out and learning more about HDFFA! We ask that Farmers Market volunteers commit to a minimum of 5 shifts throughout the season. Check back in April 2022 for open opportunities during the Farmers Market Season!

There are two programs in need of volunteers at our Farmer’s Market booth:

  1. Grow & Give: our local fresh food drive. Assist market staff at the end of the Downtown Bend and Northwest Crossing Farmers Markets to collect, weigh, and potentially transport market produce to cold storage a few miles away. A vehicle is preferred for this position (if needed in a pinch to help transport produce) but if you do not have one and still want to volunteer, please let us know! 
  2. VeggieRx: our vegetable prescription program. VeggieRx volunteers will arrive at the Bend Farmers Market on Wednesday’s 1-hour prior to open and assist with the assembly of VeggieRx produce kits and booth set up, participant check in, and distribution of appropriate flyers to participants and passerbyers.
    Time Commitment: Wednesdays, 1 pm- 3 pm

Veggie Haulers are on-call volunteers who transport donated fruits and vegetables from point A to point B throughout Central Oregon. Pickups may be sporadic and short-notice so flexible availably is important.  Your own vehicle is required for this volunteer opportunity.

Example driving routes: Picking up vegetables a few Tuesdays throughout the season from a farm in Bend and dropping them off at NeighborImpact Food Bank in Redmond, Picking up bins of fruits and vegetables from cold storage in Bend and bringing them to a food pantry in La Pine

If interested, be sure to check “Veggie Hauler” on your volunteer form. If you have already filled out a volunteer form and want to join in on this new opportunity, email rachel@hdffa.org

We are always looking for various types of support that will help us run the organization. This is a great way to volunteer a little bit of time or consistently.  Support may include:

  • Directory distribution
  • photography and media
  • General office or technical support
  • Volunteering for projects such as Fresh Harvest Kits

General/Project Support volunteer opportunities will be emailed out as they arise based on the interests you selected on your volunteer form.

Open Volunteer Project: At  home bag stamping for Food Access programs. Click button below to learn more and sign up:

HDFFA is seeking Central Oregon community members who are interested in serving on our Board and representing the regional food system. The Board is comprised of volunteer citizens representing Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and various food system sectors including: farm, ranch, food businesses, hunger relief, community health, land use, local government, university and/or the community-at-large. Members set and carry out big-picture goals to ensure the fiscal, marketing, and personnel success of the organization.

Time Commitment and Location: Serve a 2-year term and commit to an average of 5-10 hours per month which includes monthly Board meetings, being on a committee and participating in fundraising.

HDFFA’s Fundraising Committee works with the Board and Staff to meet the fiscal needs of the organization. This includes meeting monthly, participating in our two mealkit fundraising events in the spring and fall (super fun!) and helping out with tabling events here and there.

Member time-commitment:  (Consistent)

  • Meet every month for 1-1.5 hours
  • Participate in May and October fundraising event(s).

Average time dedicated to meetings, outside volunteer work and other communications estimated at 3-5 hours a month

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