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. Saturday distribution meets at 316 Adams Street (Trinity Episcopal Church) 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. 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.  

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30-1pm - Seeking 2-3 regular volunteers to help pick up rescued food from Whole Foods Market and then unload and sort that food at our warehouse. You could sign up for one day each week or all 3! 

Third Thursday Warehouse Pantry 10am-2pm - 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 patrons through the pantry, and clean up. Nothing has to go far, it's all on site, but many hands make lite work.

Contact our associate director here to learn more and schedule shifts.

Special Events

Toledo Farmers' Market - Join us Saturday mornings at the Toledo Farmers' Market as we reun our reverse booth collecting donations and selling merch. We then use the donated money and tolkens to purchase fresh produce from the local vendors keeping our pantries stocked with healthy, fresh produce and supporting local farmers. Volunteers can sign up for a full Saturday or 1 hour shifts from 8am-2pm. Contact our associate director here to see how you can help!

Gleaning - Interested in helping farmers pick their 'seconds' or 'cosmetically chalenged' produce so it can be donated to Food For Thought pantries? Come get your hands dirty and your spirit filled with us! Sign up to learn about gleaning opportunities as they arise 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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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  — Gandhi

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