When you volunteer at the Food Bank, you'll help sort and package the food we distribute to food pantries, children's snack programs and soup kitchens throughout San Francisco and Marin — enough for more than 100,000 meals each day.
Projects typically involve gleaning fresh produce, repackaging bulk food into family-sized quantities, assembling grocery boxes for seniors, and sorting donations from food drives and grocery stores. In a single shift, you'll be helping thousands of people get the food they need.
Schedule a shift in San Francisco for any of the following times:
- Weekdays: 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:30-3:30 pm
- Evenings: Tues. and Weds. 6:00-8:00 pm, and Thurs. 4:00-6:00 pm
- Weekends: Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:30-3:30 pm, and Sundays 9:00-11:00 am and 12:30-2:30 pm
- Children are welcome to volunteer, too! Volunteers must be at least 8 years old during Saturday projects and 4 years old during Sunday projects. Every middle school-aged child and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To ensure safety in our warehouse, we require a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 students in high school.
Schedule a shift in Marin for any of the following times:
- Mon. and Weds. 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-3:00 pm
- Tues. and Thurs. 9:00am-12:00 pm
- Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator for more information about student volunteering and additional shift times.
CalFresh, formerly known as the food stamp program, is a supplemental nutritional assistance benefit that provides low-income families and individuals with a means to purchase food. Only about half of the people eligible for the program in San Francisco are currently enrolled, so the Food Bank is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us reach out to people that might qualify for CalFresh benefits.
We are looking for volunteers who can commit a minimum of 30 hours to the CalFresh program over any length of time. Volunteer outreach can vary from about 2-4 hours per event and is dependent on how many events are scheduled. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attend an initial orientation/training session. During this session staff will present an overview of the program and basics of CalFresh participation guidelines, the application process, and how to pre-screen participants
- Understand and explain the misconceptions, fears, and myths about CalFresh participation
- Maintain client confidentiality
- Attend food bank distributions and assist our participants with the pre-screening process
- Some on site office work: follow up calls, logging pre-screening data, etc
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