This Week’s Food Closet Needs and Current Volunteer Opportunities:

This week’s requests. As the weather cools again – you’ll note those warming foods are again core to the requests of the week. Also note: that one of the year round main staples is a high need. Apparently, Second Harvest has cut back on supplying peanut butter. It’s a favorite of the Food Closet customers – so we are hoping you can help make up the peanut butter shortage to some degree. Plain and crunchy are the best.  Please though –  no high oil “natural peanut butter”,  as it is hard for the volunteers to place in the smaller containers provided to the customers. Also a big thanks to the cash donors – the little gingham jar has been very pleasantly brimming with cash each week 🙂  All donations big or small are accepted with gratitude and thanks. Please note: the Food Closet’s new hours are shown below.

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 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:

Jam or jelly

instant coffee
hot chocolate in packets
Quaker oats
peanut butter – crunchy and creamy (but please – not organic too oily).
Non-food items:
rubber bands
ziplock bags (sandwich size)
black sharpie pens