Volunteer to help increase fresh food access in your neighborhood.

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Farmers’ Market Brigade volunteers help distribute Produce Plus checks at participating neighborhood farmers’ markets in DC. Through the Produce Plus program, DC residents who receive SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Medicare QMB, TANF, Grocery Plus (Senior CSFP), or SSI Disability can receive $10 twice per week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.

In 2018, 9,041 District residents participated in the Produce Plus Program with the help of 285 Farmers’ Market Brigade Volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of the program and will help distribute Produce Plus checks at 39 neighborhood farmers’ markets between June and September in 2019.

Sign up for a training at www.dcgreens.volunteerhub.com and sign up for the volunteer newsletter to receive updates.

If you are passionate about fresh food and wish to be an active community member in your neighborhood, then we need your help! As a volunteer, you will:

  • Attend one, 2-hour volunteer training session (training schedule here)

  • Commit to 5 volunteer market shifts (or more!) between June and September (2-4 hour shifts each)

  • Distribute Produce Plus checks at participating farmers’ markets

  • Provide excellent customer service and care to all farmers’ market customers

Volunteers will be needed at farmers’ markets listed with the red Produce Plus logo here. Please note that volunteers must be 21 years or older to volunteer with Produce Plus.

2019 Farmers' Market Brigade Trainings

All volunteers are required to attend a two-hour training session to help distribute Produce Plus checks at D.C. farmers' markets. Trainings will begin the last week of April!

Sign up for a training at

www.dcgreens.volunteerhub.com

Produce Plus check distribution begins June 1st, 2019 and ends September 29th, 2019. 

Questions about volunteering with the Farmers’ Market Brigade? Email Jahni Threatt at jahni@dcgreens.org or find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions about the Brigade page.

Are you bilingual in English and Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Amharic, Vietnamese, Korean or American Sign Language?

We are always seeking bilingual volunteers to help provide interpretation support to Produce Plus customers at DC farmers’ markets! Please email Mary Alice Reilly at maryalice@dcgreens.org with your resume and a brief description of your interpretation experience/interests.

Need help with Produce Plus terms and vocabulary? Here are our Customer FAQ’s in Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean (Amharic and Vietnamese FAQ’s forthcoming). And here are direct translations of Produce Plus registration questions in Spanish, Mandarin, Amharic, Korean and Vietnamese.

Why volunteer?

"I think it's fun to meet new people and go new places! I keep an open mind because we're all in this situation together and who knows what a smile will spark up in others." - Lorna Fleming

"We need to volunteer in our communities and ask our neighbors to help! You never know who you might meet and the connections that might make. I like to take time to share joy and enthusiasm with others." - Adrienne Dove

“I enjoy meeting [Produce Plus] customers and being able to help them meet some of their nutrition needs. DC Greens has provided well trained and people-focused volunteers, as well as a very supportive and cooperative environment for working with the Farmers’ Market Managers.” - Juanita Blassingame

“I love working with our customers and helping them get access to more fresh food. They are as invested in us as we are in them because we get to know our customers at the Petworth Community Market.” - Indra Books

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