DESK has had wonderful experiences with Yale student volunteers in the past at their Food Pantry (and Soup Kitchen prep/serving). Currently, DESK’s needs at the Food Pantry are 2-3 students, and preferably at least one who can speak Spanish (basic proficiency is fine).
The pantry meets one day a week, Wednesdays, 1-3:30PM. During this time, 1-2 PM volunteers set up the food displays (canned food, bread, etc.), hand out the food to clients from 2-3PM and then do a brief straightening up.
Volunteering at DESK is a great opportunity to learn about hunger and homelessness, food justice and make a meaningful contribution to the New Haven community.