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Help Feed the Hungry at Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen ENC

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, a non-profit organization has been serving the working poor, families, homeless and seniors living in and around the downtown and East Side of San Jose for over 32 years. What began as a simple first meal of fish and bread for 11 adults and 15 children has grown to nearly 500 meals per day, served with dignity. These no-cost hot meals are offered to our clients in a safe, caring, and friendly environment.

As a volunteer at Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen at the Eastside Neighborhood Center (ENC), you will be asked to help with all aspects of the meals, including setting up our dining room for dinner, preparing the meal, serving and clean up. You must be able to help for the entire 2 1/2 hour shift starting from 3:30pm-6:00pm.  Please do not arrive late as it puts behind the entire kitchen and leave your valuables at home- such as purse, laptop, ipod, etc.

Parking: You can use any open spot on the streets around the building, and there is a small lot behind the building off of Plaza de Guadalupe. If this is your first time coming to this location or you are unfamiliar with the area, we recommend coming early to ensure you are on time for the start of your shift.

Dress code:

•pull hair back if it is medium or long length

•wear comfortable clothing & shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet

•no short shorts or short skirts, please

•wear closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes recommended)

•wear a top with sleeves (no halter or tank tops)

*If you RSVP "Yes" to this event please email me, Melisa, immediately after with your full name, phone #, & email address to confirm your attendance and to submit to the volunteer coordinator at Loaves & Fishes.  The organization does not accept walk-on volunteers.  Your spot is NOT confirmed until I receive your info. and you will be placed on the Waitlist in order to give your spot to those volunteers waiting and eager to serve.  Any questions/concerns please contact me.  Thank you!  

Note: By RSVP’ing to this event, you are agreeing to Silicon Valley Volunteers’ waiver policy. Please go to your profile page and say “YES” to the waiver policy after going through it if you had not done so already. Click on “My Profile” at the top right-hand corner to go to your profile and then click “Edit Profile” to agree to the waiver.

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  • Melisa

    Thank you to everyone who came to volunteer. Each one of you brought such positive energy to the kitchen and our guests, did amazing self-less work w/ whatever task you were doing, and were so proactive in doing anything needed to feed so many people. Your presence was greatly appreciated and you are an inspiration. Hope to see all of you again soon!

    February 22, 2014

  • Jesse C.

    More than great! Kaka

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Chris

    Great enthusiastic volunteer spirit. I was amazed how the cook knew just how much to prepare...all feed well, nothing left over.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to make it. I got asked to host a truck event in San Mateo today and this weekend. Hopefully, it's early enough that someone else ca

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for your reply. Can I get your email?

    February 20, 2014

    • Melisa

      No prob, thank you for your interest in serving. Click on my profile and there's a button to click that says "send email." I also sent an email to you just in case.

      February 21, 2014

  • Melisa

    Sorry but I don't know who sent you the email because it wasn't from me and I did not receive any emails from you to confirm. I have to submit this info to the organization 2 weeks before the event, that's why I put this in the description twice and this request is sent to everyone that RSVP's to serve: "If you RSVP "Yes" to this event please email me, Melisa, immediately with your full name, phone #, & email to confirm your attendance and to submit to the volunteer coordinator at Loaves & Fishes. The organization does not accept walk-on volunteers. Your spot is NOT confirmed until I receive your info. and you will be placed on the Waitlist in order to give your spot to those volunteers waiting and eager to serve. Any questions/concerns please contact me. Thank you!" I'm sorry for any convenience with you taking time off. I'm a team lead at the kitchen every week and there's many opportunities to serve so I hope you can make it out soon.

    February 20, 2014

  • Ferah

    Im sorry but i wont be able to make it tomorrow

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Melisa. I received an email on 02/12/14 stating a spot opened up and I was confirmed. That's why I was unsure of my status. I got the time off to attend but wanted to be sure. So I'll disregard the email.

    February 20, 2014

  • Melisa

    Hi Tena- Sorry but the event tomorrow is already full, that's why you are on the wait list. This is a regular event, so I hope to have you help us serve in the future. Feel free to check www.loavesfishes.org for open volunteer spots as we have 3 locations in San Jose that serve meals to the hungry Monday-Friday. Feel free to contact me for any questions/concerns. Thank you for asking:) -Melisa

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I received a confirmation email for tomorrow but then my meetup app still says I'm on the waitlist. Can you tell me if I should plan to volunteer or not tomorrow?

    February 20, 2014

  • Melisa

    Just to be clear- when you RSVP "Yes" to this event you must email me, Melisa, with your full name, phone #, & email address to confirm your attendance and to submit to the volunteer coordinator at Loaves & Fishes. The organization does not accept walk-on volunteers. Your spot is NOT confirmed until I receive your info. and you will be placed on the Waitlist in order to give your spot to those volunteers waiting and eager to serve. Any questions/concerns please contact me. Thank you!

    February 12, 2014

    • Jaime

      Is this for "first time" volunteers Melisa or do we need to submit this for each event? I'll email you my info if it is required again. Thanks

      February 17, 2014

    • Melisa

      I have your info. from last time Jaime, so you're good to go:) Thank you for asking and look forward to having you help us serve again!

      February 18, 2014

  • Kaylin W.

    Sorry, I just looked at my schedule and realized that I can't make it at this time.

    February 13, 2014

    • Melisa

      No worries- thank you for updating your RSVP. Hope you can make it to another event soon!

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • Becky

    Since there are people on the waitlist for this event, I will change my rsvp to no. See you soon at another event.

    February 3, 2014

    • Melisa

      Thanks for giving up your spot Becky, but you didn't have to do that. It was good seeing you in the kitchen last time, you were a great help, and hope to see you at Loaves & Fishes and/or future SVV events soon:)

      February 5, 2014

  • Heather B.

    No Fridays for me. Hope to come soon an any other day!

    January 6, 2014

    • Melisa

      You can sign up at www.loavesfishes.org for other days- I'm also a team lead at ENC every Tuesday…hope to see you come serve again soon!

      January 15, 2014

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