Chula Vista, CA

Salvation Army seeks volunteers to help at food pantries in Chula Vista, El Cajon and Downtown San Diego

D.J. Eaton
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The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help out at food pantries in the San Diego region.

The Chula Vista food pantry, at 648 3rd Avenue, has opportunities for volunteers to work between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. In addition to packing and distributing food, volunteers will throw out expired food and help clean up the area.

The pantry said it was willing to work with a volunteer’s schedule. Volunteers should be able to carry 20-pound bags of food and remain on their feet for most of their shift. Volunteers can sign up for a shift online.

Volunteers are needed to do similar tasks at the Salvation Army’s pantry in El Cajon, at 1025 East Main Street. The pantry has shifts on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, there is a shift from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, there is a shift from 9:00 a.m. to noon. On Friday, there are shifts from 10:00 a.m. to noon, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers can look for available shifts online.

Volunteers are also needed to do similar work at the food pantry in Downtown San Diego, at 825 7th Avenue. Volunteers need to lift and carry 20-pound bags of food. The pantry has shifts available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Those interested in volunteering can sign up for a shift online.

Volunteers are asked not to wear baggy or revealing clothes. Those who wish to do volunteer work in order to satisfy court-ordered requirements for community service should email for approval.

The Salvation Army has a website where individuals in the Western United States can sign up to stay informed about opportunities for doing volunteer work in their areas.

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