Lunch Bag Service, Northern California

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As part of Lunch Bag Service program, our volunteers deliver 150 lunch bags on Saturdays/Sundays throughout the year to local shelters to feed the homeless and needy in our local community in Silicon Valley, Northern California. Note that due to Covid19, this service has been discontinued since March, 2020. We hope to resume it in 2022. Please stay tuned.

Project details

  • Information : Please see Grocery list below for detailed information about the Lunch Bag Service program or click here: Please also see the Guidelines below before hosting the service.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the COVID pandemic, homeless shelters are no longer accepting food prepared at home. Lunch Bag Seva is currently suspended and will resume when homeless shelters revise their policy. Hoping that it will resume in 2022.


What is Lunch Bag Service?
As part of Lunch Bag Service program, our volunteers deliver 150 lunch bags on Saturdays/Sundays throughout the year to local shelters or soup kitchens to feed the homeless and needy in our local community in Silicon Valley, Northern California. These lunch bags are distributed to the homeless as their next meal when they leave the shelter.

What does each lunch bag contain?
Each lunch bag contains a peanut butter jelly sandwich (in a zip-lock bag), a fruit (banana or orange), juice, cereal/trail mix bar and a napkin. We try to keep the lunch bags healthy.

What shelters does Lunch Bag Service serve?
Lunch Bag Service currently provides lunch bags to SCC Sunnyvale Homeless Shelter.
150 lunch bags are provided on Saturdays & Sundays.
Contact person: Kelcy Fleming, Site Manager.

Address:  999 Hamlin Ct, Sunnyvale. The shelter is off Mathilda, on the corner of Ross & Hamlin.

In order to ensure food safety, volunteers who wish to host Lunch Bag Service need to provide the following documents to before signing up:

  • Proof of negative TB test:  Please provide a copy of a negative TB test dated less than 2-years old.
  • Food Safety Certificates:  Food safety certificates can be obtained by taking an online food safety class (about 90 minutes, cost about $10) .  When you pass the class, print the certificate and email a copy to us at

The shelters opens around 5 pm. Please deliver lunch bags to shelters after 5:30 pm.

What is the overall process?
Host families sign up to host lunch bag service in their homes on the next available Sunday afternoon, typically between 3-5 pm. Host families need to get groceries prior to the service. Please use the grocery list provided. The cost of grocery is about $250 to make 150 lunch bags and roughly $80 to make 50 lunch bags. With 6-7 adult volunteers and 6-7 middle/high school kids, it should take less than 2 hours to make the bagged lunches. Student volunteers will get credit for volunteer hours. That evening the host family has to deliver the bagged lunches to the assigned shelter. The shelter will provide a receipt for the donation that can be used for tax purposes.

How do we sign up?
Currently, families from Fremont, San Jose, San Ramon and Saratoga are contributing towards these lunch bags. If you would like to sign up, please email our Lunch Bag Service coordinator at

Once we sign up, what do we do?
Please try to volunteer at another Lunch Bag service so that you could get an idea on what is involved. If you cannot, please take a look at two documents: Grocery List and Guidelines. It would be helpful if somebody who has already hosted a lunch bag service volunteers at your home for your lunch service. If you don’t have enough volunteers or have any questions/concerns, please send email to