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8804 Balboa AvenueSan Diego, CA 92123
Hand Up Youth Food Pantry
Help us deliver food to thousands of people in need each year!


Jewish Family Service of San Diego is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, more resilient community. We believe our volunteers are the backbone of our Agency. We strive to ensure that each volunteer is treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is your success. Be our partner in Moving Forward Together.


The Hand Up Food Pantry believes in helping clients reach self-sufficiency by providing a 'hand up’ not just a hand out to clients experiencing food-insecurity. They accomplish this by connecting clients to resources in addition to providing emergency food relief to 800 families each month at distributions through San Diego County. In the past year, the Hand Up Food Pantry has provided 8,969 clients with 310,000 meals.

Goal of Position:

Our Warehouse volunteers are vital to helping us serve hundreds of people weekly. Volunteers help fight hunger and food insecurity in San Diego on two Sunday’s per month.


  • Gain valuable nonprofit experience
  • Learn about food insecurity and hunger in your community
  • Provide food with a smile to those who we serve
  • The knowledge that you made a difference in the lives of hundreds of families and individuals


  • Sort through food donations
  • Stock food pantry shelves
  • Assemble food bags for distribution
  • All new volunteers are provided with a brief Power Point presentation about the operations of the food pantry to understand the bigger picture of food collection and distribution
  • Provide at least 48 hour notice if you need to cancel your volunteer time by emailing handup@jfssd.org


  • All ages welcome, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Must wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty
  • Each volunteer is encouraged bring $5 or 5 cans of food to donate to the pantry


  • Must be able to provide own transportation to the Turk Family Center
  • Must be able to lift bins and boxes up to 25 pounds
  • Complete a volunteer application at www.jfssd.org/handupapp
  • Complete Volunteer Interview and Orientation with JFS Volunteer Services
  • Complete a background check and reference check

Time Commitment:

10:00am-12:00pm on the 2nd or last Sunday of the month


Jewish Family Service * Turk Family Center * 8804 Balboa Avenue * San Diego, CA * 92123

Immediate Supervisor:

Hand Up Food Pantry Staff


  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Warehousing

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Sundays and weekdays available
  • All ages welcome, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult

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