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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Soup Kitchen San Jose

It literally takes a cast of thousands (donors and volunteers) to feed the hungry at Martha’s Kitchen.This important soup kitchen, which has been feeding the hungry of San Jose since 1981 is 90% volunteer operated.Our dedicated volunteers collect donated food, prepare it and serve hot meals. We believe we have found the best volunteers anyone could ask for.Click here to learn how YOU can become a volunteer!
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Lisle called the San Mateo theory a “cheap shot,” noting that she had spent three days last week in San Jose. “This has been a very difficult entrance into the community,” she said, “having someone call me out.”
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Get that #GivingFeelingJoin us in community service at one of our many volunteer opportunities across our service sites in San Jose, California and other parts of Santa Clara County.Sign up to Volunteer Today Our volunteers are something special. 23,500 Hours Every year, our volunteers generously donate 23,500 hours of their time. They take pride in their service, and their commitment to building a better community. 4,000 Volunteers Everyone from grade school, to the retired, lends a helping hand. Our foundation of over 4,000 volunteers fuels our organization to help us feed our neighbors.Become a volunteer!Our volunteer opportunities are open every Monday – Friday. As a volunteer, you will be asked to prep fruits and vegetables, serve hot meals, pour beverages, wash dishes, and tidy-up the site facility. Please be 14 years of age, or over (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian). Happy volunteering! Volunteer Listings Please also bring this short but important Volunteer Agreement Form Fore more information on our food assistance programs, please click here. Sharksgiving 2016 Community Service HoursAt Loaves & Fishes we welcome students in schools that volunteer to fulfill their community service requirements. Sign up through our EventBrite page to complete your community service hours.Loaves & Fishes work with the following schools:Archbishop Mitty High SchoolBellarmine College PrepatoryDowntown College PrepLos Gatos High SchoolNotre Dame High SchoolPresentation High SchoolSacred Heart SchoolSt. Christopher SchoolSt. Frances CabriniSt. Francis HighSt. Joseph Catholic SchoolSt. Lawrence AcademySt. Leo the Great SchoolSt. Martin of Tours SchoolSt. Mary’s School – Los GatosSt. Patrick SchoolSt. Victor’s SchoolThe Harker SchoolValley Christian SchoolsContact us if your school is not listed, or sign up to volunteer through our Eventbrite page.How do I get my Community Service hours signed off?Please bring any community service paperwork (time cards, log sheets, etc.) to the kitchen when you volunteer. We only sign off on hours the day they are completed. We do not sign off on hours at later dates due to the amount of volunteers that help us serve everyday. Volunteer FAQsThe following guidelines have been developed to answer the questions many of our volunteers have. If your question is not addressed here, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Manager by phone 998-1500 or email at volunteer@loavesfishes.org.What will I do as a volunteer?Volunteer activities include meal preparation, set-up of the dining hall, serving of the food and drinks, and clean-up. Each meal shift lasts 2.5 hours. Please sign in when you arrive and you will be assigned tasks and given instructions on what to do. Staff and Volunteer Team Leaders will be on site to answer any questions.What should I bring?If you are a new volunteer, please bring a Volunteer Information Form (sent to you with your confirmation and/or reminders emails). We will supply you with disposable gloves and aprons, but feel free to bring your own.Can an entire group volunteer?We are happy to have volunteer groups. Please only bring the number of people originally indicated. If you cannot fulfill your commitment (or if there will be fewer participants than expected), please let us know a least a week in advance. We will need to make other arrangements.What should I wear?Wear comfortable “work” clothes and closed-toed shoes (i.e., jeans, walking shorts, tennis shoes, etc.) Please do not wear sandals, halter or tank tops, short shorts, etc. For those with longer hair, please wear your hair up and off your face.Will a meal be provided for me?Unfortunately, no. We recommend that you eat a snack before coming to the kitchen to help out.Who can volunteer?All are welcome! However, if you are under the age of 14, please bring a parent or guardian to supervise during your shift.What about Community Service hours?Please bring any community service paperwork (time cards, log sheets, etc.) to the kitchen when you volunteer. We only sign off on hours the day they are completed. We do not sign off on hours at later dates due to the amount of volunteers that help us serve everyday. Need more information? Name * Name First Name Last Name Email Address * How can we assist? * Thank you!
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Get that #GivingFeelingJoin us in community service at one of our many volunteer opportunities across our service sites in San Jose, California and other parts of Santa Clara County.Sign up to Volunteer Today Our volunteers are something special. 23,500 Hours Every year, our volunteers generously donate 23,500 hours of their time. They take pride in their service, and their commitment to building a better community. 4,000 Volunteers Everyone from grade school, to the retired, lends a helping hand. Our foundation of over 4,000 volunteers fuels our organization to help us feed our neighbors.Become a volunteer!Our volunteer opportunities are open every Monday – Friday. As a volunteer, you will be asked to prep fruits and vegetables, serve hot meals, pour beverages, wash dishes, and tidy-up the site facility. Please be 14 years of age, or over (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian). Happy volunteering! Volunteer Listings Please also bring this short but important Volunteer Agreement Form Fore more information on our food assistance programs, please click here. Sharksgiving 2016
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

The city of San Jose had recently cut the block grant funding for the drop-in center, of which Loaves & Fishes’ meals were just one part. When Lisle’s team examined services at Montgomery Street, they found the bathrooms were being fouled by people who came to the building for meals.
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Sunnyvale, CA 940869.28 miles from city center San Jose 738-4321Sunnyvale Community Services is a food pantry. Serves Zip codes 94085, 94086, 94087, 94089 for financial aid. Zip codes 94085, 94086, 94089 for food programs. Documentation Required: Proof of residence, proof of income, proof of number in family, proof of financial problem.Food pantry se
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Santa Cruz, CA 9506023.89 miles from city center San Jose 831-425-8132Community Connection is a local mental health nonprofit organization that provides outpatient services to adults and families. We have 10 programs that provide a wide variety of mental health support services throughout Santa Cruz County. In addition to mental health support, we also provide support
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Soup Kitchen San Jose

Community Connection – Mental Health Nonprofit Organization Santa Cruz, CA 9506023.89 miles from city center San Jose 831-425-8132Community Connection is a local mental health nonprofit organization that provides outpatient services to adults and families. We have 10 programs that provide a wide variety of mental health support services throughout Santa Cruz County. In addition to mental health support, we also provide support See more details
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That newer model aligns with the Housing 1000 program, which seeks to take people off the streets and put them in a home. InnVision provides housing for 85 single men at the downtown Montgomery Street Inn, where Loaves & Fishes will continue serving four dinners a week until a still unspecified date in December. “Drop-in services are not necessarily the most innovative model in moving people through the system,” Lisle said of that patchwork approach. “So you’re going to see the soup kitchen take a different role in the whole continuum of care.”
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As compassion — for many years, thought to be the only acceptable balm to the scourge of homelessness — was overtaken by social engineering, change has not always come easily to the community of caring. A scruffy network of shelters and soup kitchens — such as Loaves & Fishes — is slowly giving way “transitional housing,” and other models that emphasize long-term stability over a hot meal.
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The fabric of that network is knitted together by relationships, many of them between women who devoted themselves to caring as a career. The merger over the summer of InnVision The Way Home, led for 24 years before her retirement by Christine Burroughs, with Shelter Network, located in San Mateo County and led by the hard-charging Lisle — who comes from the high-tech world — exposed the fraying of some relationships.
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Egan also wondered if the shift in leadership at InnVision/Shelter to a different county exacerbates the problem. “She’s up in San Mateo,” Egan said of Lisle, “she’d probably never heard of Loaves & Fishes, thought we were a tiny player and nobody really cared about us. She was shocked to find out that people do care about us, and it was not going to be a good move of theirs.”
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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties involves hundreds of volunteers each week in all aspects of our operation. We welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest for the benefit of others in our community. We have individual and group volunteer opportunities for those who are 14 years of age or older.

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