Brown Bag San Mateo County

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San Mateo County Operation Brown Bag is a program that gives low-income seniors a weekly bag of groceries. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with this program. Brown Bag sites are located throughout San Mateo County.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


On-site Distribution Assistance


  1. Location: South San Francisco
    Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Day: Mondays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 94080

  2. Location: Daly City
    Time: 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM
    Day: Fridays (weekly)
    Zip Code: 94014

Tasks: Under direction of the distribution coordinator:

  • Help give fresh, healthy, food to 200 of your low-income elderly neighbors
  • Unload boxes of food from pallets onto tables
  • Move a variety of fresh produce from outdoor bins into the distribution room
  • Carry and open sacks of produce for senior volunteers to start packing into individual bags
  • Remove empty pallets to designated area for driver pick-up
  • Move food and arrange it to facilitate the distribution process
  • Break down boxes for recycling


  • Friendly, open personality
  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Be able to lift boxes between 20-50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Able to provide long-term commitment of 6 months or more

To sign up, contact:

Gloria Swanson
(650) 610-0800 ext. 295
or email