United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Harvest Food Pantry

Harvest Program

The Harvest program at UMCTO is a closed food pantry and has been providing healthy food to families who have insufficient food resources since 2012, distributing food to registered recipients on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Our focus is on families with children, but we also provide food to individuals.  

Besides picking up food from local groceries, restaurants, coffee shops, and Ventura County Food Share, we also collect donations of produce via the Food Forward program.  Food Forward is a nonprofit organization that hosts volunteer-powered events to rescue fresh surplus produce from backyard fruit trees, orchards, and farmers markets that might otherwise go to waste. 

The program is a vital outreach ministry in our community serving those that are in need.



Harvest Pantry Weekly Averages                                                                       

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Number of Crates of Food Distributed


Pounds of Food Distributed



Since inception, UMCTO's Harvest pantry has expanded with respect to sources of food, number of recipients, and volunteers in the program which includes members from the community and varied religious faiths.

We always need and welcome new volunteers. We have several opportunities to help.

Food Pick-up: Volunteers pick up food weekly at a selected store or restaurant. The food is then delivered to UMCTO. Quantities vary by location and thus size of available vehicle – Sedan versus SUV/Van is important.

Food Preparation & Distribution: While food is distributed on M, W and F. We need volunteers every morning to assist with various duties at UMCTO. Food packaging, distribution set-up and clean-up are all opportunities to be of service.

To obtain further information about the program contact Tom Maddux at Harvest.UMCTO@gmail.com

To view service opportunities in the program and to sign up, go to

Volunteer Opportunity

Link to Sign-Up website

Monday Food Pick-up

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Tuesday Food Pick-up

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Wednesday Food Pick-up

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Thursday Food Pick-up

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday Food Pick-up

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Food preparation and packaging: Monday through Friday

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