Brown Bag Santa Clara County

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Second Harvest Food Bank's Brown Bag Program distributes food to low-income seniors at various distribution sites thoughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. We are currently seeking volunteers committed to the Food Bank's mission in providing food for people in need in our community.

Current Opportunities

 

Distribution Site Chair

The Site Chair facilitates the weekly distribution of food to Brown Bag members. They are appointed by the Food Bank program staff and work together regarding distribution processes, policies & procedures. Primary responsibilities include: directly oversee the distribution process at the distribution site, ensure that food is distributed in a fair, safe and timely manner and oversee record keeping such as roster attendance, hours reporting and/or membership applications and renewals.

They also are instrumental in recruiting and training new Brown Bag volunteers. Site Chairs with consultation from program staff may choose to delegate areas of responsibilities to other Brown Bag volunteers and occasionally there may be more than one Site Chair per Brown Bag location.

Locations: East San Jose or Campbell

Commitment: Every Friday morning from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Qualifications:

  • Friendly, patient person who enjoys interacting with seniors with diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to lead others
  • Good record keeping skills, good problem solver
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Maintain safe working conditions and follow all safety rules
  • Ability to perform with a high standard of customer service, professional conduct and responsibility
  • Helpful, but not required to speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese
  • Ability to attend mandatory quarterly meetings at the Food Bank

Contact: To learn more about this exciting volunteer opportunity, please contact Suzanne Gahart at 408-266-8866 ext. 295 or sgahart@shfb.org.

 

Administrative Support

Location: Curtner Center (750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose)

Description: The Brown Bag Program is looking for Volunteers year round to help in a variety of ways. Current need is to help support the Program Coordinator with program tasks/projects related to client membership and volunteer data.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be computer literate
  • Must enjoy office work
  • Good attention to detail skills
  • Great Customer Service skills
  • Enjoy interfacing with seniors
  • Dependable

Commitment: A minimum of 3 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Day(s) of the week are flexible. Meaningful environment!

Contact:
Suzanne Gahart, Program Associate
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295
email: sgahart@shfb.org

 

On-site Distribution Assistance

Description: Volunteers are needed to unload pallets of food with heavy boxes and bags, take the food in the room, help set-up and clean-up the food distribution.

Qualifications:

  • Likes working with seniors
  • Be in good physical health
  • Be able to lift heavy boxes and bags of food, repeated bending
  • Dependable and on time
  • Maintain safe working conditions and follow all safety rules
  • Professional conduct and responsibility
  • Helpful, but not required: speak Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese or Spanish
  1. Location: Sunnyvale
    Time: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Day: Tuesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 94085

  2. Location: Sunnyvale
    Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Day: Tuesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 94087

  3. Location: Mountain View
    Time: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Day: Tuesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 94042

  4. Location: Santa Clara
    Time: 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Day: Tuesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95050

  5. Location: Milpitas
    Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Day: Wednesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95035

  6. Location: Downtown San Jose
    Time: 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM
    Day: Wednesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95112

  7. Location: San Jose
    Time: 7:45 AM – 10:30 AM
    Day: Wednesdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95117

  8. Location: San Jose
    Time: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Day: Fridays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95111

  9. Location: San Jose
    Time: 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Day: Fridays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95111

  10. Location: Campbell
    Time: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Day: Fridays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95008

  11. Location: Downtown San Jose
    Time: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Day: Thursdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95113

  12. Location: San Jose
    Time: 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Day: Fridays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95116

  13. Location: Downtown San Jose
    Time: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Day: Thursdays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95112

  14. Location: Los Gatos
    Time: 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Day: Fridays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 95030

Contact:
Suzanne Gahart, Program Associate
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295
email: sgahart@shfb.org