This week’s news and requests. See below for an updated list of requested food and supply donations. Cash contributions are deeply appreciated too! The Food Closet is continuing to see increases in new customers – many of them who have never had to navigate food insecurity before. Your donations are greatly appreciated and warmly distributed by the Food Closet’s all volunteer staff to these newcomers and, of, course, to those who have relied on the Food Closet for some time. Thank you all for your care and generosity toward those in need!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for *** these days. Contact Shirley Reiter at (650)704-9813 or email@example.com 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)
Fruit in plastic cups
Brown grocery bags with handles
Plastic grocery bags with handles also OK
Ziplock bags: sandwich
Newspaper delivery sleeves