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 nearly a 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: Vietnamese/Chinese Translators

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and/or Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 4:30 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!

Contact: Whitney Viets, 818-851-2405 or whitney.viets@gmail.com

 

Operation Share Food Pantry

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

Volunteer Position: Chinese Translator

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: Whitney Viets, 818-851-2405 or whitney.viets@gmail.com

 

Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen (soup kitchen)

Locations:

  • 2150 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
  • 358 N Montgomery St, San Jose, CA 95112
  • 2980 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95110

Volunteer Position: Meal Service Helper

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: M-F 3:30-6pm for all three locations; see website for more details and calendar of openings: www.loavesfishes.org/volunteer

Volunteer Task: Help prep, serve, and clean-up for dinner service to the hungry. Short-term and long-term volunteers accepted, individuals and groups up to 10 people.

Requirements:

  • High school and up, must be 14 years or older
  • able to stand for length of shift, lift up to 5 lbs
  • no drop-in volunteer shifts – must schedule in advance

Contact: Vina Nguyen: 408-998-1500 or volunteer@loavesfishes.org

 

Sacred Heart Community Services (pantry and children's education)

Location: 1381 South First Street, San Jose, 95110

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times:

  • Pantry & Clothes Closet: M-Th 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-12pm, Sat 9am-12pm
  • Child Care: M-Th 3-5pm
  • Preschool: M-Th 9-11am & 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Homework Club: M-Th 2:45-5:00pm during the school year (fall/spring)
  • Welcome Center, Joblink, & Housing: TBD

Contact: Erica Menchaca: 408-278-2171 or volunteers@sacredheartcs.org

Requirements: High school and up; 18 and over for some programs. For Child Care, high school students are welcome; adults need to be fingerprinted, but this will be paid by Sacred Heart with a three month commitment.

Volunteer Task: One-time, short-term, and long term opportunities available. Individuals and groups welcome!

 

St. Vincent de Paul Society (pantry)

Location: 400 Church St, Half Moon Bay, 94019

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Pantry is open Monday 5:00 - 7:00pm; Thursday 5:30 - 7:30pm, and Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm. Volunteers are welcome any time, as often as desired.

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

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

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.

 

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

Location: 204 Stierlin Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: One volunteer needed per shift on Tuesdays 9:30am – 12:00pm and 1:30 – 4:00pm; Thursdays 9:30am - 12:00pm; two volunteers needed Friday morning 9:30am - 12:00pm.

Contact: LaDrea Clark: 650-968-0836 x150 or lclark@csacares.org

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. No client volunteers please.

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

 

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

Location: 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, 95014

Dates: Ongoing

Shift Times: Volunteers are asked to keep one regular shift per week for at least 8 consecutive weeks. Shifts range from 3-4 hours.

Contact: Mary Ciesinski, Community Engagement Manager: 408-255-8033 x303 or
maryc@wvcommunityservices.org

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

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

 

Rahima Foundation (pantry)

Location: 2302 Calle Del Mundo, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Dates: Third Friday of every month

Shift Times: Once per month, 2-3 hours

Contact: Sabiha Moinuddin: 408-845-0050 or mail@rahima.org

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

Volunteer Task: Pack food bags for pantry program