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Lead a Busy Pantry On The Lower East Side


Lead a Busy Pantry On The Lower East Side

The United Jewish Council of the East Side (UJCES) serves as a coordinating body of neighborhood, secular, civic and fraternal organizations. Formed in 1971 by neighborhood leaders and residents, the UJCES works to preserve and stabilize the Lower East Side of Manhattan community through the provision of a wide range of human services and community development programs. The United Jewish Council of the East Side's programs include home care, older adult centers, social services, and food assistance. UJCES sponsors two food pantries which continue to be a vital resource for the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. The pantries cannot run without the support of volunteers.

WHAT: UJCES is urgently seeking Volunteer Leaders to lead its pantry operations at the Lillian Wald Houses. Volunteer Leaders, which may consist of community groups or confident individuals, will lead the pantry and keep it running for the community.

Tasks include:
- Unload monthly deliveries to restock pantry (one Wednesday per month; bending and heavy lifting involved)
- Pack pantry bags
- Oversee weekly distribution (approximately three hours)
- Maintenance (recordkeeping, inventory)
- Communicate with suppliers
- If possible, manage pantry registrations and appointments using an app/website

UJCES staff will work to provide supplemental volunteers as needed and assist with delivery coordination.

Skills which are helpful, but not required:
- Bilingual fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese
- Similar experience, working with the public and/or customer service

WHEN: While weekly schedule is generally flexible based on Volunteer Leader availability, Leaders must be available for a monthly restock on Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

WHERE: Lillian Wald Houses, 12 Avenue D, New York, NY 10009

TO APPLY: Individuals may complete an online application at to express interest. Individuals or groups may also email to express interest, discuss further, or for any questions. Please mention the "Volunteer Leader" food pantry opportunity in your email.

*This is not a New York Cares project*


United Jewish Council of Lower East Side runs senior recreation centers as well as social services, food assistance, and home healthcare programs. New York Cares partners with this organization and others to address hunger in all five boroughs.