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Community Health Advocate

If you have a passion for promoting health and wellness, we need your help!

The Food Bank is part of a national demonstration pilot project "Double Up Food Bucks" to encourage increased consumption of produce. We are looking for volunteers to promote the Double Up Food Bucks initiative at the participating stores, neighborhoods surrounding the stores, and Second Harvest distribution sites. The Double Up Food Bucks program doubles the value of CalFresh so families and individuals participating can purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables. The program makes healthy food more affordable, supports local grocery businesses, and increases the demand for California grown produce. Shoppers who spend $1 of CalFresh benefits on California grown fruits and vegetables will earn $1 to spend on any fresh fruits and vegetables, up to $10 per day. Three bay area grocery stores (San Jose, Gilroy) are recruited to participate in this initiative.

Skills desired:

  • Interest in working with issues and needs of low-income neighborhoods
  • Sensitivity to the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals
  • Ability to talk with people from different walks of life
  • Dependable in maintaining scheduled outreach
  • Bilingual in another language desired (but not required)
  • Ability to carry up to 20 pounds of outreach materials

We kindly ask for 2-3 month commitment on this project, and between 3-15 hours per week (to be arranged). Hours to be completed any day of the week, including weekends.

Location: Curtner Center (750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose) and retail locations in San Jose and Gilroy

To sign up, submit this Volunteer Interest form or email


CalFresh (Food Stamp) and Food Connection Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with the CalFresh and Food Connection Teams! Help combat hunger and address food insecurity by working with the Outreach team to educate the community about the CalFresh (Food Stamp) program and other available food resources.

Food Connection Hotline Operator

Description: Assist callers by providing referrals for food assistance.

Location: Curtner Center (750 Curtner Ave., San Jose)

Supports: Food Connection, a food referral hotline to connect people seeking food assistance.

Hours: Flexible 3-hour shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Volunteer positions with Food Connection require a commitment of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.


  • Must be bi-lingual in English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese
  • Excellent customer-service skills
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Ability to use the computer
  • Age 18+ years
  • Participate in on-the-job training provided by Second Harvest Food Bank staff

Note: Appropriate for individuals and small groups.

Gloria Swanson
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295


Unique Opportunity for Extroverts

Description: Looking for a way to help neighbors in need access free food resources available? Join our growing team of outreach volunteers and become a Second Harvest "Promotor." Work with the outreach team to promote CalFresh and Food Bank programs; screen for eligibility and provide application assistance to food insecure community members.

Location: Various outreach activities, events, and opportunities in their own neighborhood/community throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Training: Promotores complete an 8-hour training in 2-3 sessions, which include:

  • Food Bank resources
  • CalFresh (Food Stamps) benefits eligibility screening
  • Community outreach techniques

Hours: Commit to volunter a minimum of 3 hours weekly.


  • 18 years old and up
  • Outgoing and enthusiastic
  • Able to attend 8 hour training
  • Able to commit at least 3 hours per week to community outreach volunteering
  • Attend monthly meeting/training session (1st Saturday mornings)

Note: Appropriate for monolingual Spanish speakers, as well as bilingual volunteers who speak English and another language. View this listing in Spanish

To sign up, submit this Volunteer Interest form or email