City Fresh is always in need of volunteers! Feeding our communities and keeping them informed about the vital difference between a kohlrabi and a turnip depends on it! We’re looking for new folks to join our team of Food Justice Warriors to help distribute shares at our Fresh Stops each week. Whether you’re able to donate an hour or become a regular cheerleader for food justice for an entire season and whether your talent is counting out ziggurats of onions or taking photos of mutant veggies for social media, we’d love to have you! Just send us a quick note and we’ll get you set up. See what our volunteers have to say about us:
“I really believe in what City Fresh is doing. Everyone should have access to fresh, locally grown vegetables – regardless of the balance in their bank accounts. City Fresh ensures that Clevelanders have that access.”– Melissa Bilancini
“Having to buy vegetables in the supermarket after working with City Fresh for a while just gets sad. There’s something really fun about having to count out 1,080 peppers or 98 watermelons.” – Anthony Sorace
“Everyone should have access to fresh local produce. It tastes better, is better for you, better for the planet. The people are great. The volunteers work really well together and there are a lot of share holders that I look forward to seeing every week. It’s a community and that is important too.” – Amy Butcher
“City Fresh gets you spoiled! Once you know how veggies are supposed to taste, supermarket ones just don’t make the cut. Around December every year, I find myself craving fresh greens and a good tomato. I also save a lot of money during the season when I am not going to the grocery store as often. All those impulse buys disappear when my fridge is stocked with produce. I also really believe in City Fresh’s mission. Everyone should know where their food comes from- and while City Fresh stops aren’t the farm, they are many steps closer than the grocery store. I love watching parents teaching their young children names of the veggies each week and letting them help pick out their share. You can tell what kids are “City Fresh kids” when they run right up and know what a kohlrabi is!” – Emily Lynch
“I think that access to healthy food plays an important role in building healthy communities. Similarly, investing in locally grown food helps strengthen our region. I enjoy the fact that the composition of our weekly shares reflects the progression of the seasons, providing exposure to new and different produce every week. I also really like the people involved. I enjoy spending time and talking with other volunteers and shareholders.” – Chauncey Keller, JD
“I see a vibrant local food system as a key component of basic human rights and our right to feed ourselves real food. The health of the land and the people improves dramatically when we eat fresh, sustainably raised food, and I believe we need that to do good works in the world.” – April Mather
Ways You Can Help
We have lots of jobs! Here’s a few of them:
Set-Up Squad – The Set-up Squad brings out and arranges tables, chairs, signs, etc. just prior to the arrival of the veggie truck. They help unload the shares from the truck and onto the tables, wash out storage bins, clean off white boards, write the signs which describe what is offered in the single/family shares that week, talk to passersby interested in the program, and get really familiar with exciting fruits and vegetables!
Distribution Detail – The Distribution Detail meets the City Fresh veggie truck at the stop then unloads the bins full of this week’s shares from the farmers, and counts out the amounts needed of each item onto tables and into bins, sorted based on single or family shares. Most of those volunteering for distribution help with set-up as well. We have a great time trying to remember what number we’re on in a crowd full of folks counting out 123 squash or 1476 ears of corn. No counting out loud! Strong-armed individuals are always desired to help out with the heavy lifting.
Check-in Charlies – help check in shareholders, take orders, handle money, and write receipts. Requires some training.
Produce Posse and Fruit Guard – manage line traffic, help shareholders find their way through the week’s shares, answer questions about City Fresh, discuss & debate the varying methods of preparing, storing, and preserving the bounty, monitor the fruit & vegetables so they don’t wander off unnecessarily, and restock the tables as they empty. Our need for Produce Posse volunteers increases as the seasons peaks, starting in mid-July.
Tear-Down Team – consolidate any left-overs for donation, break down tables & chairs then move them to storage, and pat everyone on the back for a job well done!
Show Running – manages cash-out, coordinates order, communicates stop needs to City Fresh Director, helps schedule enough volunteers for stop, Knower of Things. Requires additional training/sorting of complicated processes.
Communications – In addition to all of our hands-on, practical tasks, we are always interested in volunteers to help with PR and marketing, photography and documentation, social media, blogging, signage production and duplication, recipe collection and distribution/organization, etc. If you have a special skill or interest, we could probably make use of it!
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Anna Kiss Mauser-Martinez, the Director of City Fresh. She can be reached via any of the following methods:
New Agrarian Center
PO Box 357
Oberlin, OH 44074
We’re excited to meet you!!