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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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Contact:
Gloria Swanson
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295
email: psvolunteerdesk@shfb.org

 

Adopt a Neighborhood

Description: Provide information and promote CalFresh and Food Bank programs throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties by distributing flyers to Food Bank partner agencies, community centers, libraries and small businesses.

Supports: Second Harvest Food Bank CalFresh Outreach team.

Commitment: 3-4 hours per month, flexible hours. Appropriate for individuals or small groups.

Qualifications:

  • Comfortable working with a diverse population
  • Age 18 or above.
  • Ability to provide own transportation to neighborhoods

Contact:
Gloria Swanson
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295
email: psvolunteerdesk@shfb.org

 

CalFresh Outreach Assistant

Description: Accompany our staff to community sites to provide information and screen individuals for CalFresh, and also let clients know about other food resources. You will reach members in a variety of locations: pantries, soup kitchens, or Food Bank distribution programs. Outreach is often conducted outside.

Location: Various outreach sites throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Supports: CalFresh Outreach team

Hours: 2-20 hours weekly. Flexible 2-5 hour shifts between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Sunday. Volunteer positions with CalFresh Outreach require a commitment of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 2 months.

Qualifications:

  • For Santa Clara County: Must be bi-lingual in English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese
  • For San Mateo County: Must be bi-lingual in English/Spanish, English/Chinese or English/Tagalog.
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Attend a 2 hour training provided by Second Harvest Food Bank staff
  • Comfortable working with a diverse population
  • Age 18+ years

Note: Appropriate for individuals and small groups.

Contact:
Gloria Swanson
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295
email: psvolunteerdesk@shfb.org

 

Unique Opportunity for Spanish Speakers

Description: Looking for a way to help the Latino Community access the free food resources available? Join our growing team Spanish Speaking Volunteers and become a "Promotor de Second Harvest." Work with Second Harvest outreach team to promote CalFresh and all the Food Bank programs available.

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

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 4 hours weekly.

Qualifications:

  • Speak Spanish
  • 18 years old and up
  • Outgoing and enthusiastic
  • Able to attend 8-hr training
  • Able to commit 4-hrs per week to community outreach volunteering
  • Attend monthly meeting/training session (1st Saturday mornings)

Note: Appropriate for monolingual Spanish speakers, not being able to volunteer otherwise because of English language barrier. View this listing in Spanish

Contact:

To register or find out about the next training, please contact:

Sylvia Pandza
phone: (408) 693-1958
email: spandza@shfb.org