In partnership with the SF-Marin Food Bank, we operate a Home-Delivered Groceries (HDG) program, providing grocery bags each week to hundreds of homebound seniors. Most of our senior clients are no longer able to leave home to purchase groceries and many simply do not have the financial means to do so. Our grocery program helps keep these seniors nourished and healthy at home.

Today, our HDG program is growing because there are so many more seniors in need of food in San Francisco. In 2018, volunteers visited 326 homebound seniors weekly with bags of groceries and a friendly smile. In 2019, the number of older adults in need of groceries delivered to their doorsteps will grow to just over 500 individuals.

Please consider joining our mighty team of volunteers who give generously of their time and compassion to help their fellow citizens live independent lives. Volunteers make a world of difference – we simply could not serve the needs of nearly 5,000 seniors in San Francisco each year without them.

The HDG program operates each Wednesday morning, rain or shine, from our parking lot at 1375 Fairfax Ave., in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.

Here is what a typical Wednesday looks like:

  • Setup 6:30 AM: Our small early-riser crew sets up tables and meets the SF-Marin Food Bank truck to unload pallets of food.
  • Grocery Assembly 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM: Volunteers pack more than 800 bags of groceries.
  • Grocery Delivery 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM: Volunteer drivers and assistants arrive to pick up bags and deliver groceries to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout San Francisco.

Please note, we operate this program in all weather. During the rainy season, we will set up tents but you should still dress appropriately.


Below are the volunteer jobs available every Wednesday. To signup, click on the job date you wish to volunteer for.

Assembly Volunteers: 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Pack 800+ bags of groceries assembly-line style.

Delivery Assistants: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Ride with a driver to drop off groceries, or to meet drivers in downtown locations and deliver groceries to a specific building. A shift lasts 3-4 hours depending on route location and number of deliveries.

Drivers: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
We always need drivers with their own vehicles to deliver groceries. Drivers can work a recurring route each week, or as an occasional substitute for a regular driver who may be unavailable. Before becoming a driver, we ask that you complete one Delivery Assistant shift. Drivers need to provide their own car and proof of insurance plus pass a background check.


Groups
We encourage various work, school, or church groups to assist whenever they can, bagging groceries or "adopting" a delivery route each week, once a month, once a quarter, etc. If you're part of a group, be the catalyst to help engage them in supporting local community. Groups should email or call several weeks in advance so we can block out a shift based on the size of your group.

Contact for Groups or Questions

Stephanie Galinson, Volunteer Coordinator
sgalinson@mowsf.org | 415-343-1314


HDG Frequently Asked Questions

I signed up for a shift but now I need to cancel: Call and leave a message at 415-343-1314. Be sure to state your name, date canceling, and a phone number we can reach you at.
Is there public transportation to MOWSF: Muni lines 19, 44, 54, 91 and the T-Third Street all stop nearby.
Is there parking: There is plenty of free street parking all along Fairfax Ave. between Mendell and Keith St. Just make sure to lock your vehicle and store valuables out of sight.