VOLUNTEER – NOURISHING CARE
The Nourishing Families program includes three interwoven branches: Free Market, Crockpot Dinners, and Cooking on a Budget class. There are many ways to get involved and contribute to a class. Teach one class or all four in the series.
Tikkun Farm’s Free Market is open Tue 3-6pm, Fri 1-4pm and Sat 1-2pm. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Market Set Up
This role involves lots of heavy lifting, unloading and loading trucks. Tasks include sorting produce, receiving deliveries, dividing inventory, stocking shelves, and organizing fridges / freezers. Dress for the weather, you will be outside.
Free Market Support
Come to the Well House. Tasks include directing parking, guest sign in, assisting with shopping, helping guests to car, restocking shelves and tables, and keeping the space tidy. Dress for the weather; you will be inside and outside.
Parking & Traffic Monitor
Help us keep the parking easy and traffic flowing! Greet shoppers at Hilltop Plaza parking lot, pass out numbers, and let them know when a spot opens up at the farm. This role requires a cheery, assertive individual. Bring a book or podcast with you!
Receive Freestore Foodbank
This role involves lots of heavy lifting and moving cases of food. Meet at Tikkun Farm to unpack pallets, get fridge and freezer items put away, organize inventory for crockpot meals, and sort produce for distribution. Dress for the weather.
Well House Cleaning
Anytime Monday – Help us prepare for a new week and a new inventory. Deep clean the Well House: disinfect all surfaces, wipe all switches / handles / knobs, clean out refrigerators, take out trash and recycling, sweep and mop floor.
Tikkun Farm sends out 320 Crockpot Meal kits every week for homeless families living in hotels, disabled adults, single parents, and others needing food support. Volunteers support this program in the following areas:
Assemble Ingredient Prep Kits
Come enjoy a quiet day on the farm. The tasks include weighing or measuring spices, counting onions and other veggies, and counting out zip lock bags. You will be working indoors, able to sit down if you like, and involves no heavy lifting.
DRY Ingredient Prep Kit
Pick up supplies and dry ingredients for 50 recipes (e.g., beans, rice, and seasonings, sometimes may be cheese or meat) any time 4pm – 6pm. Take to your location to measure and pack for weekly Crockpot Dinner bags. Return to Tikkun Farm by 12:00pm Sunday.
FRESH Ingredient Prep Kit
Pick up supplies and fresh ingredients for 50 recipes (e.g., carrots, celery, and onions, also cheese or meat) any time 4pm – 6pm. Take to your location to chop, measure, and pack for Crockpot Dinner bags. Return to Tikkun Farm by 12:00pm Sunday.
Cooking on Budget
Tikkun Farm offers a 4-Week cooking series to support families living on limited incomes. Participants prepare ingredients in class and take them home to cook in a crockpot. Volunteers support this program in the following areas:
Work with the program director to choose recipes that use low cost, nutritionally dense ingredients that can often be found in food pantries. Cook the recipe ahead of time so participants can enjoy a serving of what they will be preparing after class. Teach one class, or all four in the series.
Cooking Set Up
Help set up a warm and welcoming kitchen for class participants. Arrive early to set up participant work stations with cutting board, knife, peeler, spices, recipe, and ingredients for the meal.
Cooking Clean Up
Arrive near the end of class, load and run the dishwasher with cooking tools, empty trash and compost, wipe counters, and leave the kitchen ready for whoever uses it next.
To let us know the kinds of projects you are interested in helping with, please fill out a Volunteer Profile.