Partner Agency Opportunities

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In addition to our internal volunteer opportunities, we also provide placement services for our partnering agencies, who assist us in our mission of providing food to those in need.

Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food to more than one quarter of a million people monthly through engaging with several hundred non-profit agencies such as soup kitchens, pantries, snack programs, and other specialized programs. These organizations are core to the Food Bank's operations, and your help is needed at their facilities.

Activities vary depending on the partner, and opportunities are located throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. If any of these opportunities interest you, please contact the agency directly rather than filling out one of our application forms. The Food Bank appreciates your volunteer contribution with our supporting organizations.

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry

Location: 1654 East San Antonio Street, San Jose, CA 95116

Volunteer Position: Translators needed in the following languages: Vietnamese and Chinese

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and/or Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer Task: Help pantry staff communicate with Chinese and/or Vietnamese clients as they are registered for food assistance. Answer any questions that clients may have, and assist them in completing all necessary forms and documentation.

Requirements:

  • High school and up; must be 14 years of age or older
  • Able to stand for considerable periods of time
  • Friendly, good interpersonal skills
  • No drop-in volunteer shifts—please schedule in advance!

Website: www.olgparishsj.org

Contact: Debbie Martinez, 408-449-8825 or mike_debbiemartinez@yahoo.com

 

Operation Share Food Pantry

Location: 467 N. White Road, San Jose, CA 95133

Volunteer Position: Translators needed in the following language: Chinese

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Volunteer Task: Facilitate communication between pantry staff and Chinese clients as they receive supplemental food assistance. Answer any questions clients may have, and assist them in completing all necessary forms and documentation.

Requirements:

  • High school and up; must be 14 years of age or older
  • Friendly, good interpersonal skills
  • No drop-in volunteer shifts—please schedule in advance!

Contact: Frances Jacobs, 408-272-1360 or marfrances7@comcast.net

 

Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen (soup kitchen)

Locations:

  • 2150 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
  • 1080 N 7th St, San Jose, CA 95112
  • 515 Barrett Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (Our Central Kitchen, limited to Team Building Cooking Experience programs only)

Volunteer Position: Meal Service Helper

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times:

San Jose: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6pm. Short-term and long-term volunteers accepted, as well as groups of up to 7 people.

Morgan Hill: For Team Building Cooking Experience programs only. 7 days a week, 2-3 hour shifts between 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Minimum 10 and maximum 25 volunteers per shift.

Volunteer Task: Help prep, serve, and clean up for dinner service to the hungry.

Requirements:

  • No age restriction
  • able to stand for length of shift, lift up to 5 lbs
  • No drop-in volunteer shifts – must schedule in advance

Website: www.loavesfishes.org/volunteer

Contact: Hyru Gau at 408-998-1500 or volunteer@loavesfishes.org

 

Sacred Heart Community Service (pantry/clothes closet and children's education)

Location: 1381 South First Street, San Jose, 95110

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times:

  • Pantry & Clothes Closet: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9am-6pm, Wed 9am-5pm, Fri, Sat 9am-12pm
  • Preschool: Mon-Thurs 9:15am-12:15pm
  • After-School Academy: Mon-Thurs 3:30-5:45pm during the school year (fall/spring), semester commitment is required
  • Welcome Center, Joblink

Volunteer Task: One-time, short-term, and long-term opportunities available. Individuals and groups are welcome! In order for individuals to volunteer, they will need to first attend a 1 hour orientation where we will extensively go over our agency in detail and explain tasks and duties. Groups will have an individual orientation.

Requirements: High school and up; 18 and over for pantry and clothes closet. High school students are welcome; in order to volunteer with children you will need to be fingerprinted and TB tested, but this will be paid by Sacred Heart with a three month commitment.

Website: www.sacredheartcs.org

Contact: Sergio Gonzalez at 408-278-2171 or volunteers@sacredheartcs.org

 

St. Vincent de Paul Society (pantry)

Location: 400 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Pantry is open Monday 5:00 - 7:00pm, Thursday 5:00 - 7:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm. Volunteers are welcome any time, as often as desired.

Volunteer Task: Prepare grocery bags, sort and prepare clothes and small household items, assist in distribution of these items, and carry grocery bags to cars.

Requirements: Minimum age to volunteer is 16. Friendly, courteous personality; physical or personal limitations can be accommodated

Contact: Nancy Clarkin at 650-712-1770 or tandnclarkin@att.net

 

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos (pantry)

Location: 204 Stierlin Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Volunteer Position: Food Pantry Volunteers and Food Pantry Drivers

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Our food pantry operates Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed for multiple shifts, usually 3-4 hours per shift, on various days. Drivers needed from 9:00am-12:00pm on various days for donation pickups from local grocery stores and other donors.

Volunteer Task: Food and Nutrition Center Volunteer: stock pantry shelves, sort produce, make bags for clients who do not have cooking facilities, clean tables, and sweep floors.

Requirements: Minimum age to volunteer is 16; sensitivity to working with low-income clients, seniors, "unhoused," and recent immigrants. Physical strength desirable: ability to lift 50 pounds. Background check required. Valid CA Driver's License and clean DMV driving record required for all drivers. No client volunteers please.

Website: www.CSAcares.org

Contact: LaDrea Clark at 650-968-0836 x114 or lclark@csacares.org

 

West Valley Community Services (grocery pick-up and food pantry)

Location: 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, 95014

Volunteer Position: Translators needed in the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Farsi, Russian, and Hindi

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Volunteers are asked to keep one regular shift per week for at least 8 consecutive weeks. Shifts range from 1-4 hours.

Volunteer Tasks: Grocery pick-up: picking up groceries and delivering them to West Valley Community Services
Food Pantry: distributing food to clients, sorting and cleaning delivered food, restocking and organizing shelves/cupboards and general pantry cleaning, assisting donors and gleaners with deliveries
Special Events: Holiday Shopping Program, Back to School

Requirements: Minimum age to volunteer is 16; foreign language skills are a plus! All volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation and complete an application.

Website: www.wvcommunityservices.org

Contact: Eddie Diaz, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 408-956-6115 or eddied@wvcommunityservices.org

 

Rahima Foundation (pantry)

Location: 2345 Harris Way, San Jose, CA 95131

Volunteer Position: Food Packager

Dates: Third Friday of every month

Shift Times: Once per month, 2-3 hours

Volunteer Task: Pack food bags for pantry programs

Requirements: Minimum age to volunteer is 18. Must be able to lift at least 20 pounds.

Contact: Uzma Siddiqee: 408-845-0050 or mail@rahima.org