Once you become a member, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer here with us at Thoughtful Foods. We are completely volunteer run, so appreciate any help we can get from you!

The perks of volunteering!

Apart from learning new skills and becoming part of a diverse group of interesting, supportive people, volunteering earns you discounts in the shop! One hour of volunteering a week earns you a 25% discount on shop items, while two hours earns you a 40% discount. These discounts must be claimed in the week you do your volunteering.

Volunteer training

Before you can volunteer with us, you need to do a quick training session so that you are covered by our insurance and so we can give you the rundown on the shop and how things work. Volunteer training sessions are run weekly, email training[@]thoughtfulfoods.org.au to find out more.

Types of volunteering

As we are completely volunteer run, there are many volunteering options available at Thoughtful Foods. Have a read through some of the options below and if you are interested email training[@]thoughtfulfoods.org.au.

Weekly volunteering

There are many things we do on a weekly basis and it is always helpful to have people who can commit to helping out once a week. These include:

  • Veggie packing (on Thursday mornings)

  • In store shifts, either solo or helping a coordinator

  • Looking after our garden


Thoughtful Foods holds 4-5 events a semester, as well as doing some catering around campus, so we get busy on the events side of things! If you’d like to volunteer occasionally, we always need help running events. Some tasks include:

  • Stalls/ Catering: setting up, manning and packing down

  • Preparation: Baking/ Cooking

  • Helping out with cleaning bees, when we make our shop look beautiful!

  • Lending cooking/ catering equipment such as large pots, bowls, cutlery, etc.

  • Music: Our best events have someone playing an instrument, or bringing along a portable music player.

Promoting Thoughtful Foods

We are a little shop and most people find out about us through word-of-mouth. As Thoughtful Foods is a different style of shopping, it takes a bit more effort to promote the shop and entice people to come and check us out. Some of the tasks involved with this include:

  • Advertising the co-op: lecture bashing, putting up posters, attending our stalls

  • Graphic design (videos, photos, posters)

  • Article writing

  • Social media

  • Product research