Brown Bag San Mateo County

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San Mateo County Operation Brown Bag is a program that gives low-income seniors a bag of groceries. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with this program. Brown Bag sites are located throughout San Mateo County.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


On-site Distribution Assistance

Tasks: Under direction of the distribution coordinator:

  • Help give fresh, healthy, food to 200 of your low-income elderly neighbors
  • Unload boxes of food from pallets onto tables
  • Move a variety of fresh produce from outdoor bins into the distribution room
  • Carry and open sacks of produce for senior volunteers to start packing into individual bags
  • Remove empty pallets to designated area for driver pick-up
  • Move food and arrange it to facilitate the distribution process
  • Break down boxes for recycling


  • Friendly, open personality
  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Be able to lift boxes between 20-50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Able to provide long-term commitment of 6 months or more

To sign up, submit this Volunteer Interest form or email During the holiday months of November and December, dates and times may change.

Twice Monthly Opportunities in San Mateo County


Daly City
1st & 3rd Fridays 94014 8:45 - 11:00 AM

Redwood City
2nd & 4th Fridays 94063 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Distribution Site Chair

The Site Chair facilitates the distribution of food to Brown Bag members. They are appointed by the Food Bank program staff and work together regarding distribution processes, policies & procedures. Primary responsibilities include: directly oversee the distribution process at the distribution site, ensure that food is distributed in a fair, safe and timely manner and oversee record keeping such as roster attendance, hours reporting and/or membership applications and renewals.

They also are instrumental in recruiting and training new Brown Bag volunteers. Site Chairs with consultation from program staff may choose to delegate areas of responsibilities to other Brown Bag volunteers and occasionally there may be more than one Site Chair per Brown Bag location.


  • Friendly, patient person who enjoys interacting with seniors with diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to lead others
  • Good record keeping skills, good problem solver
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Maintain safe working conditions and follow all safety rules
  • Ability to perform with a high standard of customer service, professional conduct and responsibility
  • Helpful, but not required to speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese
  • Ability to attend mandatory quarterly meetings at the Food Bank
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Able to provide long-term commitment of 1 year or more

Contact: To learn more about this exciting volunteer opportunity, please contact Gloria Swanson at 408-266-8866 ext. 295 or

Twice Monthly Opportunities in San Mateo County

2nd & 4th Wednesdays Millbrae (94030) 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM