Join Food For Thought

Food For Thought feeds Toledo thanks to incredible generosity of the entire community. In addition to the financial support that fuels all of our efforts, our volunteers assist in every facet of our work. We invite you to join us today.

How You Can Help

Our organization is fueled by a host of incredible volunteers. From setting up mobile pantries to making sandwiches & packing lunches to administrative work in our office, lending a hand in our warehouse, & helping out at the Saturday Morning Farmer's Market, people just like you are helping to feed Toledo in a thoughtful way. We need your help!

Ready to volunteer now? Email to sign up today!

Friday Night Lunch Packing

Every Friday night at 6 p.m., Food For Thought volunteers meet at Trinity Episcopal Church (316 Adams St. in downtown Toledo) to pack lunches for our Saturday picnics. This is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities, mainly because it's a lot of fun! We welcome groups and people of all ages and abilities to help with packing lunches for Saturday distribution.

Saturday Mini-Mobiles

Each Saturday morning, we get to know our neighbors as we share the lunches we've packed with people throughout the downtown Toledo area. Individuals and groups accompany Food For Thought on our normal bus stop routes as we provide food, water or coffee — as well as conversation with the people we meet — sunshine or snowfall. The first route leaves from Trinity Episcopal Church (316 Adams Street) at about 10:00 a.m. and the second leaves at around 11:30 a.m.  

Mobile Food Pantries

Food For Thought operates a series of mobile food pantries in the Toledo area throughout the month. Many of these pantries require additional volunteer support to operate. Our mobile food pantries provide emergency food assistance to people in need and allow them to choose from a variety of items, including fresh produce. Visit our calendar here to find our locations and e-mail our assocaite director here to see how you can help!

Warehouse Help

Food For Thought's warehouse at Lott Indutries acts a  storage space for food and the hub of our mobile pantries. We are seeking long term volunteers to lend a hand in our warehouse for a couple hours a week. Be part of the action and actually touch the food that will touch our neighbors' hearts. We promise you'll have fun in a safe warehouse environment with our staff. Contact our warehouse coordinator here to learn more and schedule shifts.

Special Events

MARCH IS HUNGRY TOO - We ae seeking hosts for our March Is Hungry Too campaign. Sign up to host a party, collect donations, and spread Food For Thought's mission with your friends, family, co-workers, etc. Check out for more information and to sign up to host.

JAM CITY - Food For Thought's annual PB&J Party is coming up quickly on May 23, 2019. This is a fun event that takes many hands to pull off. We need you on our team! Those who sign up and complete a volunteer shift during the event are invited to stay and enjoy the rest of the event as our guest. Sign up here

Please see our Volunteer Manual below to learn more about service opportunities at Food For Thought.

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Food for Thought Statistics

15,600 lunches made in 2018!

1100 Food For Thought volunteers gave over 4350 service hours in 2018. Thank you!

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You Can Help Food For Thought Today

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  — Gandhi

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