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. For up to date information about changes to services and available resources in light of COVID-19 please see our "UPDATES" section below.

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 now more than ever!

Ready to volunteer now? Email to sign up today!

Friday Night Lunch Packing

Every Friday night from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Food for Thought gathers volunteers to make PB&J lunches for our neighbors. We are currently scheduling individuals and groups of volunteers to assist in this effort. If you would like to help, please email our PB&J Volunteer Coordinator at for more information and/or to get scheduled.

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. Saturday distribution will meet at our distribution site, the Cherry Street TARTA terminal at Cherry Street and St. Clair and runs from 10am-12pm.  

Mobile Food Pantries

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

Warehouse Help

Food For Thought's warehouse at Lott Indutries acts as 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 of 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.  

Third Thursday Warehouse Pantry 9:00am - 1:00pm - Seeking medium sized groups or individuals to help staff our in house pantry at Lott Industries. Help our warehouse coordinator set up, greet patrons warmly, shop them through the pantry, and clean up. Nothing has to go far, it's all on site, but many hands make lite work. You'll have a blast meeting patrons and running the pantry too.

Contact our office here to learn more and schedule shifts.

Special Events

Toledo Farmers Market Table - Saturdays 8am-12, 12-2pm May through October We're seeking a committed group of volunteers to man our table at the Toledo Farmers Market. Collect  monetary and market coin donations, solicit and collect produce donations from farmers, represent Food For Thought to the community, sign up volunteers, and have a good time just enjoying the market. Our staff will coach you through the first couple Saturdays, don't worry! Sign up for a shift with a friend and do your market shopping during the other shift. It's a great way to start your Saturday! Sign up and learn more here

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Food for Thought Statistics

15,000 lunches made in 2019!

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

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

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