food closet update

Drop Off Your Donations at St. Mark’s and How to Do Donations by Check: The Food Closet Donation Baskets are again available to be filled with your donations during the Sunday worship services. They are located outside the church next to the east doors. This week there is an urgent need for paper egg cartons( please no plastic). The cartons are cut up into three parts to house 2 hard boiled eggs. This is a perennial favorite of the customers, but cannot be provided without safe and sustainable packaging. Thank you, as always, for supporting the Food Closet and its customers.

Please note: If you wish 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. Donations can be dropped off via the blue side door that opens onto 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 – please check the expiration dates of the groceries you donate. We appreciate your generosity, but have to discard any outdated items. Thank you.

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 95126

Always Needed:

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

Current Donations Requests:

Food items:

Quaker oats (not the little packets)
Hot chocolate in packets
Crunchy peanut butter
Instant coffee
White sugar

Non-food items needed:

Empty egg cartons (not plastic please)
Brown grocery bags with handles
Ziplock sandwich size bags
Ziplock snack size bags