CMSJ currently runs two regular programs to serve the community. The first is a hot lunch/breakfast program for a homeless shelter in San Jose. The second is a bag lunch program run from the Hillview Community Center in Los Altos.
CMSJ members are encouraged to take this opportunity to volunteer their time for this community service. They can also sponsor this event. Interested members should contact Shrikrishna Bhamre (408) 733-4612 or sign up to volunteer by clicking here
Feeding program at the homeless shelter in San Jose
We have been preparing hot lunches for the homeless for the last 7 - 8 years. We do this about 4-6 times every year. Adult members as well as teenagers in the Yuva Kendra classes have been volunteering for this program. We cook and serve a vegetarian meal for the homeless people staying in the shelter. This shelter houses families as well as single people. We usually serve about 50-70 people. About 10-15 volunteers are needed to handle this task. This is a great way to give back to the community and is much appreciated by the staff running the shelter.
The dates for the feeding program are as follows:
Over the years we have developed a vegetarian menu that we know is popular - soups, pasta, pizza, taco casserole, stir fry vegetables, desserts. We buy the groceries the previous day. On the day of the hot lunch we meet around 9:45 am in the kitchen at the shelter. We prepare the meal and then start serving by noon. We are normally done by 1 pm.
Here are the address, and directions for the shelter: The map highlights the way from Sandeepany to the shelter.
James F. Boccardo Regional Reception Center
From 280 & 87
Los Altos Youth Sandwich Preparation Program
Schedule for 2004-2005 Session
The Sandwich Bag program is targeted for Yuvakendra (14 yrs & above). We have been doing this for the past three years at Hillview community center once a month on the last Sunday of the month. We prepare sandwich bags (approximately 80 bags or 160 sandwiches) and deliver them to the Julian Inn in San Jose. We require about eight youth volunteers and three adult volunteers. Youth volunteers will receive community service credit.
We meet at 8:30 am at the following location to make the sandwiches and are
done by 9:30 am.
Hillview Community Center