NNS 2024

Community Engagement

community Engagement & volunteering

Located right across the Symposium hotel, the Hilton San Fransisco Union Square, is the Glide Memorial Church. NNS encourages our symposium attendees to take this opportunity to give back to the community, by volunteering at the Glides Daily Free Meal program.

Daily Free Meals Programs

GLIDE’s mission of building empathy, transforming lives, and being radically inclusive has always found its core expression in our Daily Free Meals program. Food insecurity affects one in four San Franciscans. What began in 1969 as a weekly volunteer-run potluck for 50 people now serves approximately 2,000 meals a day.

GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program provides three nutritious meals a day, 364 days a year, to the poor, homeless and hungry. As GLIDE’s largest program, it serves as a gateway to the rest of GLIDE’s programs and services. The Department of Disability and Aging Services partially funds GLIDE’s Daily Free Meal program.

The Daily Free Meals program emphasizes culturally appropriate meals, with choice and variety, and an environment where those can eat with dignity.

Volunteer Opportunities for NNS 

Your role as an in-person would be either assisting in preparing meals or assisting in serving the meals to our guests!

These are the shifts we currently have, sign-up to be part of an NNS Volunteering Group:

 Breakfast (Daily) 7am-9:30am
Max: 25 volunteers
Serving hot meals directly to community members. Team members would either be behind the line helping assemble trays of meals, in front of the line passing meals to clients, or floating in the dining room assisting in bussing tables as individuals finish the meal.

Meals Prep/Lunch Bag Prep (Daily) 9am- Noon
Max: 25 volunteers
Prepping vegetables, seasoning food, and assembling bag lunches for community members that cannot make it in person for our physical services.

Lunch (Daily) 11:30am- 1:30pm
Max: 25 volunteers
Serving hot meals directly to community members. Team members would either be behind the line helping assemble trays of meals, in front of the line passing meals to clients, or floating in the dining room assisting in bussing tables as individuals finish the meal.

Dinner (Monday- Friday) 3:30pm- 5:30pm
Max: 25 volunteers
Serving hot meals directly to community members. Team members would either be behind the line helping assemble trays of meals, in front of the line passing meals to clients, or floating in the dining room assisting in bussing tables as individuals finish the meal.

Click here for more details about the Glide Memorial Church and the Daily Free Meals program.