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


The Hand Up Food Pantry of JFS is responsible for helping members of the community get back on their feet by providing emergency food assistance and other resources. In the past year, the Hand Up Food Pantry has provided 8,975 people with 33,887 food bags totaling more than 208,664 pounds of food to hungry people.

Goal of Position:
The Hand Up Food Pantry has opened a new client shopping area, the Corner Market, at our offices in Kearny Mesa. At the Corner Market, clients can shop for their own groceries, including fresh produce, meat, bread, and nonperishables. Volunteers are needed to assist clients as they shop, answer questions about the shopping process, provide information on healthy provide choices, and to check out groceries.



  • 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 at least 18 years old
    • Must be able to lift bins and boxes up to 25 pounds
    • Complete a volunteer application at www.jfssd.org/handupapp

Time Commitment: 2 hours on Sundays


The JFS office is not open on Sundays for regular business. Please drive around the back of the building and you will see the large pull door open. Volunteers will be greeted there.

8804 Balboa Avenue, San Diego 92123

Immediate Supervisor: Esther & Bud Fischer 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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