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InnVision Shelter Network
January 30, 2010

I work at the Food Closet for only a few hours a week, but I really enjoy the work and the wonderful co-workers, and helping the people who come in for supplies. Everyone in need has their own individual story and we get to know them a bit. From the feedback I hear from many clients, the Food Closet is a very important resource for them. Some are mentally ill and homeless, others have lost jobs and are temporarily staying with a relative or sleeping in their car and hoping to get back on their feet quickly. The Food Closet is a place an individual or family can come, without shame, to get some extra food and nutrition to make it through the week. Clients may come and "shop" up to 2x per week and very often leave with a healthy delicious bag of groceries with a balanced nutritional make-up. Palo Alto is a generous community with many resources and the "larder" at Food Closet reflects that bounty. Very often we hand out cartons of whole, organic milk and yogurt, or bags of home-grown produce from neighborhood gardens. Restaurants often donate whole meals such as rice and beans or pasta with turkey sauce. We always try to keep on hand small servings of condiments such as sugar, salt, coffee, spices -- this can lend not just flavor to a homeless person's meal, but dignity as well. I've personally seen the results of this organization in... I've seen and heard the results of this organization from weekly testimony from clients. We get to know many of them and develop a friendly camaraderie as we help them make the best choices for their needs. We have one client who is pleased when we have food in jars with a certain type of screw-on lid because "the squirrels can open the others." Others are grateful for the reliability of Food Closet and the consistency of good food and groceries available. Some are diabetic and have to stay away from certain foods but still can get a full complement of groceries, while others love sweets and leave with a piece of pumpkin pie and a pastry with a smile on their face. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to be of service in my own community right close to home. I've worked at other food kitchens, but the FC is more personal and bc of its small size, allows workers the opportunity to do many different jobs such as computer registration...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent. Very fair & open-minded & good at what they do. I find the other volunteers to be like-minded individuals who also enjoy the work. It requires a certain amount of understanding & compassion and I find that all the people who work here have both

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteered at the Food Closet.