Volunteers Needed at the Downtown Streets Team Food Closet

This week’s requests. The most important request this week is for volunteers as noted here. See below for the food and other requested items. Thank you for your service to the Food Closet in whatever capacity you choose.

Volunteers Needed: Helping hands are needed at the Downtown Streets Team 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 charlotte.ca413@gmail.com for *** these days.
Shirley Reiter at (650)704-9813 or shirleyreiter@yahoo.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 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
Quaker Oats
table salt

Non-food items:
brown grocery bags with handles
sandwich size ziploc bags

large trash bags