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Various LocationsSan DiegoSan Diego, CA 92123


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:

Serve young military families who are experiencing food insecurity. Many of these families have do not have many years of financial experience or the luxury of a dual income and fall into the lowest pay grades.


  • 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 Military families and individuals


  • Assist Food Pantry staff in running the client check in process
  • Distribute tickets with numbers to clients in the order that they arrive
  • Distribute and assist clients with filling out intake forms and quarterly surveys
  • Help clients get organized by number
  • Check client military identification and record client’s attendance
  • Educate clients on additional resources available to them
  • Answer client questions


  • Must be friendly, patient, and have the ability to develop and maintain good rapport with community members
  • Must have an interest in interacting with clients, volunteers and staff
  • Must be able to commit to a volunteer term of 3 months


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to walk and stand for 2 hours
  • Complete a volunteer application at www.jfssd.org/volapp
  • Complete Volunteer interview, reference check and training
  • Must be able to commit to 3 distributions
  • Must submit second background check if serving at Camp Pendleton without military identification

Time Commitment:

  • Lead Volunteers must commit to 3 months and should work 2 shifts per month.
  • Murphy Canyon distributions are from 1:30pm-3:30pm on the 2nd Sunday.
  • Camp Pendleton is from 1:30pm-3:30pm on the last Sunday.


Murphy Canyon Military Housing

Murphy Canyon Chapel - 3200 Santo Rd.

Camp Pendleton Religious Development Center

Building #1344 on A St. & 11th St.

Immediate Supervisor:

Hand Up Food Pantry Staff


  • Event Management
  • People Skills
  • Food Delivery / Distribution

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18

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