On-site Food Distribution Assistance - Every Friday starting 1/12/18 - 8:45-9:45am


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When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Mid-Pen Boys and Girls Club451 Martin StDaly City, CA 94014

About

Volunteers are needed to help with monthly distributions at Second Harvest KidsNow sites. This is a hands-on volunteer activity and does require some lifting and regular movement. Activities could include assisting with room set up, unloading and moving food inside a community room, bagging fresh produce, distributing food to clients, and clean up. This is a great chance for volunteers to interface with our clients.

Qualifications:

  • Be in good physical health

  • Be able to lift heavy boxes and bags of food, repeated bending

  • Dependable and on time

  • Maintain safe working conditions and follow all safety rules

  • Professional conduct and responsibility

  • Helpful, but not required: speak Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese or Spanish

  • Must be 16 years of age or older

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


Program Description

Every Friday afternoon as they are leaving their afterschool programs, children ages 3-18 receive an assortment of 8-10 food items to take home. Items include fresh fruit, granola bars, cereal, pasta, and soup. While the items vary from week to week, all are healthy. The Food Bank is committed to providing items with high nutritional value to this vulnerable population.

The food is provided to the children in discreet plastic bags that are easy for them to carry. The bags are distributed to all children who participate in the afterschool program, thus avoiding the stigma of the haves and the have-nots.

The Food Bank also uses the bags as a vehicle for communication with the families who participate in the program, promoting healthy eating through the distribution of nutrition education information. Food Bank staff nutritionists distribute materials aimed at educating children and families about healthy eating behaviors. In addition, we include information about other available food resources, including the Food Bank's Food Connection hotline number.

The Food Bank currently delivers food every week throughout the year as long as the partner site is open. Partner agencies include Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA of Silicon Valley, Project We Hope, and Bayshore Child Care Services.

Population and Region Served
  • Second Harvest distributes food weekly to an average of nearly 2,000 children at 20 sites each month throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
  • Sites with a high percentage of children receiving free and reduced-price lunches at their schools are selected as distribution locations because this indicates that virtually all of the children receiving Kids NOW food are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • While the Kids NOW Program is helping with some supplemental food for families, more resources are needed: 72% of the children surveyed stated that they do not always have enough food to eat. Not surprisingly, and perhaps due to negative stigma, a smaller percentage of parents echoed the same sentiment. Of 67 parents surveyed, 56% reported their families do not always have enough food to eat.

Skills

  • Child Welfare
  • People Skills
  • Vietnamese
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Spanish

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Every Friday starting 1/12/18 - 8:45-9:45am

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