Volunteer to help increase fresh food access in your neighborhood.
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 2017, 9,453 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 38 neighborhood farmers’ markets between June and September in 2018.
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 (sign up below!)
- 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
Markets listed here with a red Produce Plus logo need weekly volunteers.
2018 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. Please click on the training dates below to register.
- *NEW* - Wednesday, June 20th 2:00-4:00 PM (Bellevue Library)
- Wednesday, June 20th 6:30-8:30 PM (Petworth Neighborhood Library)
- *NEW* - Thursday, June 21st 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Benning Road Library)
- Monday, June 25th 6:00-8:00 PM (Dupont Circle)
- *NEW* - Wednesday, July 11th 6:00-8:00 PM (Dupont Circle)
- *NEW* - Monday, July 16th 6:30-8:30 PM (Dupont Circle)
- More training dates and locations to be added soon!
If you have completed a volunteer training, you can sign up to volunteer at markets at www.dcgreens.volunteerhub.com
Produce Plus check distribution begins June 1st, 2018 and ends September 30th, 2018.
Questions about volunteering with the Farmers’ Market Brigade? Email Mary Alice Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org or find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions about the Brigade page.
Multi-year Farmers’ Market Brigade volunteer Lorna Fleming says "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."
And Adrienne Dove thinks "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."
Juanita Blassingame says “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.”
Indra Books says “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.”