Food Closet

Donation Drop Off Returns to St. Mark’s and How to Do Donations by Check: 

St. Mark’s is now conducting outdoor services and the Food Closet Donation Baskets are again available to be filled with your donations. Please, look for the baskets outside the church next to the east doors. At this time the shelves are well stocked with canned goods, there are only a few fill in food items needed at this time.  However, the food manager requests this week what she is calling the “infrastructure items”. Please find both the food and non-food requests listed below.  Thank you, as always, for supporting the Food Closet and its customers.

Please note  – the shelves are completely overstocked with paper and plastic bags – so, until requested – no more of those are needed.

If you wish though, you can still drop off donations at the Food Closet directly. The Diocese allows food pantries to remain open during Covid. All Saints Food Closet is taking precautions to protect staff, volunteers, customers and donors using a protocol from Second Harvest, the main Food Closet donor.

The Food Closet address and hours are:

555 Waverley St., Palo Alto – M, T, W, F:  9 am-2:30 pm Thursday: 9 am to 6:30 pm via the blue side door that opens on to Hamilton Street. Please call ahead – (650) 325-3663 to let them know you are coming..

****Important****:  Please do not drop off food after hours – it brings up a variety of concerns as people apparently congregate unsafely after hours to go through the food. Also –  donors: please check the expiration dates of the groceries you donate. We appreciate your generosity, but have to discard any outdated items. Thank you.

You can donate by check. Check donations will be used to purchase needed shortfall items. Please write a check to the Downtown Streets Team, and write in the memo line “For Food Closet”.  Checks can be mailed to:

Ms. Sara Baltierrez, Project Manager
Downtown Streets Team
1671 The Alameda, Suite 306
San Jose, CA 95126

Always Needed: non-grocery items: quart size ziplock bags, twist ties, rubber bands, scissors, dish detergent, Fabuloso cleaner, and hand sanitizer.

Not Needed Presently: Paper bags are not needed – the Food Closet is well stocked at this time.

Current Food Donation requests:

  • Quaker oats (not packets)
  • Hot chocolate in packets
  • instant coffee
  • Sugar

Non-food items:

  • Ziplock bags (sandwich and snack size). Not freezer or gallon size please
  • Stretch-Rite plastic wrap (larger size of the two they have)
  • Paper egg cartons (one dozen size only)
  • Fabuloso cleaning product
  • Outdoor Broom
  • Vinyl gloves (XL, L, M) 
  • Paper towels