Food Closet Needs and Volunteer Opportunities

This week’s news and requests.   Just a quick but heartfelt thanks to those who contribute food or cash donations to the Downtown Streets Team’s Food Closet (FC).  Winter is a very tough time for many of the food insecure. Even those with Food Stamps are having a hard time stretching their stamps to cover their food needs. The managers at the Food Closet note that they are coaching many families who have never needed to use a food closet to make ends meet.  With the excellent counsel of the the FC managers and the donations from donors big and small the FC is making a difference in our community —- in good part because of you!

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 and Thursday – 12:00 – 2:30 pm.***
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 new hours are: 425 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto – M, T, W, F: 9 am-2:30 pm Thursday: 9 am to 2:30 pm (except 12 pm to 1 pm when closed for staff meeting ). 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 often 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:
Project Manager
Downtown Streets Team,
1671 The Alameda, Suite 306,
San Jose, CA 9512

Current Donations Requests

Creamy or crunchy peanut butter (not the oily organic kind please)

Packets of instant oats
Instant coffee
Quaker Oats
Non-food items:

Brown grocery bags with handles
Ziplock bags: sandwich and snack sizes
Blue newspaper delivery sleeves
Rubber bands