Sources Food Hub - Community Harvest Leaders

The Sources Food Hub “Waste No Bites” program envisions a community that shares our excess of fresh food to others who might otherwise go without.  As we watch a harvest journey from being picked off a tree to being served with a family meal, we have reduced food wastage and created a healthier community for all.  

 

Community Harvest Leaders are passionate about reducing food waste and addressing hunger in the City of Surrey.  Community Harvest Leaders commit to leading a team of volunteers up to twice a month (seasonally) harvesting fresh food from homes, city property and farms that would otherwise go to waste.  Of the gleaned harvest, one-third respectively is given to the home-owners, volunteers and community organizations such as the local Food Bank or meal programs. 

 

To be successful, Community Harvest Leaders should have:

 

  • Enthusiasm and passion about addressing hunger and food waste.
  • Detail-oriented, personable and feel comfortable leading a team of volunteers.
  • Safety-oriented; able to facilitate brief safety orientations.
  • Valid First-Aid Certification.
  • Respect for home-owners’ property and privacy; represent Sources in a professional way.
  • Comfortable working outside.
  • A truck capable of transporting boxes of produce, ladders and fruit pickers is an asset.
  • Volunteers driving the Sources’ Food Truck must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license and clean Driver’s Record.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy boxes weighing a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to complete a criminal record check and waiver.
  • You must be aged 16 or older to volunteer without adult supervision. 

 

Tasks include:

 

  • Attend a minimum of one gleaning event before leading your own.  Attend an annual Community Harvest Leader training session.
  • Pick up equipment from designated location.
  • Arrive early, set-up and meet with home/land-owner as needed to familiarize with site.
  • Facilitate a brief on-location safety orientation with volunteer team prior to harvest.
  • Greet, train and coach volunteers who have registered for the harvest.
  • Pick fruit.
  • Take photos!
  • Record data such as total lbs of fruit picked, volunteers present, volunteer hours.
  • Deliver fruit to designated locations as required.
  • Return equipment to designated location as required.
  • Savor fresh fruit with friends and family when you return home.

 

Time Commitment:

 

  • Minimum of 2 picks/month with each pick taking approximately 2 - 6 hours each (including picking up/returning supplies and delivering produce).
  • Fruit picking season runs from June to November; weather-dependant.

 

Additional Information:  Bring a reusable water bottle, snack, hat, sunscreen, and work gloves. Wear closed toe shoes for safety.  We harvest even during the rain so please be weather-wary and dress appropriately.

 

What are the benefits?

 

Volunteers with the Community Harvest program have the rewarding opportunity in effecting change in a way that is hands-on and immediate.  You will support local home-owners/renters in nurturing their fruit trees to encourage further growth.  You will be addressing food insecurity by ensuring fresh produce is delivered to people who use the Food Bank.  You will also be PART OF THE ACTION in reducing food waste to fight climate change.  

 

The benefits don’t stop there.  This is an opportunity to develop your leadership skills in supporting teams of volunteers in their work, learn more about your local community’s commitment to reducing food waste, and how food systems are affected by the seasonality of locally grown produce.  Of course, you take home a portion of the produce harvested to enjoy with friends and family.

Qualifications Required

  • Are you over the age of 16? Must be Yes
  • Do you have a Class 5 Driver's License? Must be at least Yes
  • How much can you comfortable lift and carry? Must be 20 lbs and more
  • I agree that I have read and understood the Community Harvest Volunteer Orientation Handbook that can be found in the box to the right Must be Yes
  • I agree that I have read the Community Harvest Indemnity and Release of Liability and I fully understand and accept its terms. Must be Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening