Bay Area food banks are experiencing ‘alarming’ volunteer shortages


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Five major Bay Area food banks are calling on the public for help after all nonprofits reported “alarming” volunteer shortages at their warehouses and sites. of food distribution.

The food banks, which serve 12 northern California counties, said while rates of volunteering at sites have traditionally slowed slightly between the months of January through March following the busy holiday season, this year’s decline has been more “sudden and extreme” as employers, schools, and community groups reinstate stay-at-home policies.

“Volunteers are essential to food banks in the Bay Area who estimate they still serve approximately one million people every month,” a news release said.

“Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Alameda County Community Food Bank, San Francisco Marin Food Bank are also reporting an increase in requests for home delivery of free groceries as more community members are forced to isolate due to exposure or illness to the latest variant of Omicron.”

how to help

Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer to sort and package food at your local food bank’s warehouse or help distribute food at distribution sites located within our local food bank’s service area.

Alameda County Community Food Bank, Silicon Valley Second Harvest, and San Francisco Marin Food Bank also need grocery delivery volunteers.

To volunteer, you must be in good health and follow the safety protocols in place at each food bank.

Visit your local food bank’s website to register and get help.

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Contra Costa Solano Food Bank

Redwood Empire Food Bank

San Francisco Marin Food Bank

Silicon Valley Second Harvest

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