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Community Health Advocacy

Dates: October 2016 - June 2017

Hours: 4-6 hours per week. Evening and weekend work may be required.

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

The Double Up Food Bucks program doubles the value of CalFresh so that 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.

Position description:

  1. Develop a neighborhood outreach plan for each retail location hosting the pilot outreach initiative. This will include identifying locations to leave flyers and presentations to surrounding partners and their clients.
  2. Conduct outreach for CalFresh and the Double Up Food Bucks initiative at the participating stores, neighborhoods surrounding stores and SHFB distribution sites explaining how the incentive program works through tabling, leafleting, and other outreach efforts.
  3. Support volunteers, cashiers and other store employees in explanation of Double Up Food Bucks program.
  4. Develop social media posts to promote the program.

Skills required:

  • Bilingual in another language highly desired, particularly Spanish.
  • Familiarity with issues and needs of low-income neighborhoods. Experience in community organizing or working in a social services environment is a plus.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals.
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality and appropriate boundaries with clients; ability to manage challenging clients. Ability to daily demonstrate positive customer service to many people from different walks of life.
  • Dependable in maintaining schedule and communicating changes when needed.
  • Ability to make frequent changes of routine and pace of activity due to unpredictable client and outreach demands without loss of efficiency or composure.
  • Ability to carry up to 30 pounds of materials.
  • Possession of a valid California driver's license and a clean DMV record. Possession of car with insurance at $100k/$300k minimum insurance levels. Willingness to drive personal vehicle as necessary. Compensation for business mileage will not be reimbursed.

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