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CFI is fortunate to have strong volunteer support for our programs! Some of these activities include gathering food donations, preparing fresh foods for distribution, teaching our garden and cooking workshops, supporting our community gardens, and serving on our Board of Directors. Whatever your interests or skills, we’ll find a meaningful place for you to participate in making our communities and people more resilient and food secure.

Please fill out a volunteer interest form if you are interested in volunteering for us:

For more information on volunteering, call 740.593.5971 or email us at

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Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a membership-driven grassroots organization based in Appalachian Ohio. Our mission is to support a local food movement that expands fair access to fresh and nutritious foods for all people in our region.

Our initiatives assist individuals and families to grow food, develop cooking skills, and reduce their health risks by eating whole foods. Our work is supported by regional farmers and food producers, partnering non-profits, local government and foundations.



Director or Volunteer Coordinator Name:

Caitlin Garrity

Agencies Address:

94 Columbus Road
Building C
Athens Ohio 45701

Agencies Hours of Operation:


Director or Volunteer Coordinator Email Address:
Is training required of volunteers?
  • Yes
Please further explain volunteer training requirements.

Short informal chat to determine volunteer's interests and experience in order to best place them in a proper role in CFI. Eventual on-site training for specific volunteer position.

-- For large volunteer groups:
Large volunteer groups are perfect for helping us at garden work parties with laying mulch, turning compost, sprucing up abandoned plots, and planting at our Donation Station garden plots. To make your experience the most meaningful, we ask that large volunteer groups meet the following criteria:

* Time of Year: Spring to Late Fall (April - October)
* Maximum # of hours: 2
* Maximum # of volunteers: 15
* Minimum amount of time to plan event: a Month
* If needed, rain dates could potentially be rescheduled, but please have your own back up of fulfilling any volunteer hours.
* Let us know if you have transportation for volunteers to travel outside of Athens city. We have multiple community gardens within driving distance that would benefit from volunteers' hard work.

What can you expect during the volunteer group event?
* An introduction to Community Food Initiatives, food insecurity, and Appalachia Ohio
Signing of volunteer liability forms
* Assigned tasks with clear instructions
* A reflection circle before the end of the event

What should you ensure all of your volunteers bring to the event?
*Comfortable clothes that can get dirty
*Plenty of water, preferably in a reusable water bottle
*Closed toed shoes

Please outline your proximity to the university and brief directions.

We are about 2 miles from Baker University Center, at 94 Columbus Rd, Athens Ohio. We are located in the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Building C, next to the Reuse Thrift Store. Our offices are located in the first hallway on the right as you walk in the front door.