We are grateful for your willingness to support us out in the community during these challenging times. The Food Bank remains fully operational, and we are designated as an essential service similar to a grocery store. We must continue our work to distribute food.
Unfortunately, many of our more than 275 community food pantries have had to close recently due to other COVID-19 challenges because of reduced volunteers, loss of a location, or other concerns. To support those who no longer have access to their food pantry, the Food Bank is opening a number of pop-up pantries throughout San Francisco and Marin. And we need your help to make that possible.
We are looking for volunteer assistance at these weekly food pantries.
Shifts will take place outdoors, most often on the sidewalk or a parking lot, and to further protect the health of volunteers and participants we are:
Asking participants to keep a sizable distance from one another while in line.
Pre-bagging groceries for participants to minimize contact between participants and volunteers.
Encouraging all other best practices: cleaning surfaces regularly, providing hand sanitizer, and wearing gloves.
We hope these measures will help us strike a balance between keeping our community safe while also performing the essential service of getting food to those who need it. But we encourage you to consider your own health before deciding to volunteer.
Please note: Pop-Up Pantries are a very fluid means of distribution. We do not know how many participants will arrive and the length of distribution may be dependent upon attendance. Additionally, we currently may not have access to any of the facilities including water or restrooms.
You can find current volunteer opportunities below, and we encourage you to check back often as our needs are ever-changing. You can sign up for a volunteer spot via the Eventbrite page associated with each opportunity. Many dates have filled, but we are working on opening additional sites, as well as adjusting the number of volunteers needed as we learn more about the capacity of each site. Please check back often, as spots may open up at currently full sites.
We thank you for your flexibility as we meet this emergent need. Again, thank you so much. The outpouring of support we’ve received in the past few days is inspiring.