Pet Food Bank Delivery Volunteers Needed!

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Shanti - San Francisco

The PAWS Pet Food Bank is the very first service provided by the PAWS program of Shanti and has been in operation since 1987.

The Food Bank provides PAWS clients with a supplemental allotment of pet food, litter and a variety of pet supplies (e.g., toys, treats, collars, leashes, carriers/crates, etc.) every month. This basic but essential service can often mean the difference between our clients meeting their own nutritional needs and sacrificing their needs to feed their animal companions, or being able to keep their pets in their lives at all.

Many of our clients are unable to come to the Pet Food Bank, located at the PAWS office, due to their disability. We rely on the generosity and commitment of volunteers to deliver food and supplies to all of our homebound clients.

Can you spare 3 hours on a Saturday morning to help keep these critter companions fed?


Food Bank Driver

Nature of the Position

  • Working with a volunteer Rider, deliver bags of pet food to 8-10 clients
  • Rider reads map and navigates driver to clients’ homes.
  • If a volunteer would like to be paired with a friend, spouse, partner, family member, etc., they can notify PAWS Staff.


  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have your own vehicle, current driver’s license, and proof of insurance. Vehicle must have sufficient space for one passenger and up to 20 grocery bags of pet food and supplies.
  • Able to lift up to 15 lbs. to assist with loading vehicle
  • Comfortable driving to any/all neighborhoods in SF

Food Bank Rider

Nature of the Position:

  • Working with a volunteer Driver to deliver bags of pet food and supplies to 8-10 clients throughout SF
  • Rider is responsible for navigation (with map & directions provided) and carrying food and supplies into clients’ homes


  • Must be at least 18 years old, or 13 years or older when accompanied by parent or guardian
  • Complete an orientation
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs and/or use elevators
  • Comfortable going into clients’ homes in various neighborhoods and types of housing/buildings/residences
  • Comfortable engaging with clients and, possibly, their pets

WHEN: Saturdays 10AM - 1PM. Volunteers can elect to be on on-call status or commit to one Saturday per month.

WHERE: Starting at the PAWS office in the Mission District and going to clients’ homes in various neighborhoods in SF.

HOW: To apply, please submit an application here:
If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at

The next PAWS Training is:

Thursday, September 19th 5:30-8:00 pm

Other ways to support the PAWS Pet Food Bank?

Donate much needed items* including: dry & canned cat food (especially Fancy Feast), dry & canned dog food (especially Cesar’s), treats (especially cat treats), poop bags, clumping cat litter, leashes, toys and clothing (especially for small dogs.)

*We accept food in its original packaging that has not passed its expiration or 'Best by’ date, and new or clean, gently used clothing and supplies.

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About Shanti - San Francisco


730 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, US

Mission Statement

Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS.


Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, Shanti has been at the forefront of a growing national movement to enhance the quality of life for persons living with life-threatening or chronic illnesses by providing volunteer-based emotional and practical support.

Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning "inner peace" or "tranquility". It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.

Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti Model of Peer Support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout our work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.

Definition of Peer
We define peer as someone who is not necessarily like us in obvious ways, but is someone with whom we share a basic humanity; someone with whom we are equals. All people share universal human experiences. By virtue of this shared humanity, we are all peers. The Shanti Model of Peer Support is based on this equality.

Values Underlying the Shanti Model of Peer Support

  • mutual respect
  • positive regard
  • empowerment of the client (the assumption that the client has the solutions to his or her own problems and does not need your advice of direction)
  • genuineness (being oneself, authenticity)
  • acceptance of differences (does not mean agreement, but acceptance based on respect)
  • empathy (allowing oneself to feel with another person)
  • intention to be of service


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