Food Closet Needs and Volunteer Opportunities

This week’s requests. This week I was delighted to find a packet of carefully saved rubber bands in the bottom of the otherwise empty donations basket. All donations help provide for struggling members of our community and are greatly appreciated. Yet,  I have to say a small packet of carefully curated and saved for the Food Closet rubber bands was super touching and much needed to close the small egg cartons provided to customers. Thank you for every thoughtful gift of sharing you make – all is appreciated. This week the need for volunteers is still urgent .

Volunteers Needed: Helping hands are needed at the Downtown Streets Food Closet. No food preparation skills are needed – the FC distributes free donated and predominantly prepackaged food to its customers. Needed skill set for a volunteer is a pleasant, patient person with good social skills. Fluency in Mandarin would be beneficial as well. High school students over 15 are welcome to serve too. All Covid protocols are strictly enforced. Volunteers must be vaccinated and boosted.

Available volunteer openings are:

Monday and Wednesday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.***
Tuesday – 12:00 – 2:30 pm.
Thursday – 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.***
Friday – 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Please contact Charlotte Coker at (408)591-7539 or for *** these days.
Contact Shirley Reiter at (650)704-9813 or for the other days.

Drop off donations at the Food Closet. 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 address and hours are: 425 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto – M, T, W, F: 9 am-2:30 pm Thursday: 9 am to 6:30 pm. Access via the blue side door that opens onto Hamilton Street. Please call ahead – (650) 325-3663 to let them know you are coming. 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.

Donating by Check: You can also 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 9512
Current Donations Requests

Food needs:
Ramen noodles or other hearty soups
15 oz cans of mixed vegetables
Quaker Oats (not packets)
Mac and Cheese
15 oz cans of corn
15 oz cans of peas

Non-food items:
ziplock bags (sandwich size)
rubber bands