Paly Club

Volunteer Opportunities

People Plates Planet (PPP) Club at Palo Alto High School (Paly) was launched on Monday, September 12th, 2022. With an enrollment of over 2,000 students at Paly, we aim to provide many meals every day through our program to Opportunity Center, a local community partner who helps feed those suffering from hunger. 

On any school day, Paly students can fight for a sustainable planet and a liveable future, simply by donating their unwanted food or bringing any non-perishable food items from home for those suffering from hunger.

Paly People Plates Planet Club members earn community service hours during volunteer shifts in recovering surplus food at lunch time. We operate every school day at Paly cafeteria. 

Volunteer Sign-up: 

(Only accessible to Paly students with a school email)

Shift Supervisor Sign-up: (1 each day) shift supervisor must have completed mandatory training. Email to sign up.

Sept 12, 2022: A BIG Thank You to all of our volunteers today! You are all amazing and we really appreciate your hard work! The food was immediately put to good use at the Opportunity Center.

Sept 16, 2022: This week, we recovered 148.5 lbs of food to feed the community's most vulnerable members. A BIG Thank You to our amazing volunteers!

Oct 7, 2022: Our sincere thank you to all students who donated their food and to all our volunteers working on campus! In the last four weeks, we have recovered over 700 lbs of food to feed the residents at the Opportunity Center. Thank you, all!

Nov 14, 2022: People Plates Planet’s celebration of over 1,000 lbs of food recovered from Paly Campus. This is equivalent to over 900 meals and over 2,750 lbs of carbon dioxide that would have otherwise entered the atmosphere. We are very thankful of all our volunteers and Paly students for participating in this food recovery project!

June 1, 2023: What a great year! We have recovered and donated over 4,000 lbs of food to those in need. BIG thanks to our dedicated volunteers for making this possible!

August 9, 2023: Welcome back to school! We are excited for this new academic year. You can find us everyday at brunch and at lunch near the cafeteria. Thank you for joining us!

Community Partner

Mr. Alfredo Sager from the Opportunity Center receiving food from Paly.

Student Awareness

Meeting with Paly students to raise awareness about food recovery.

Collected Food

Recovery bins are full of good and nutritious food donated by Paly students.

PPP Teacher Advisor, Mr. Michael Lupoli, with Kai and Oscar.

Over 1,000 lbs of food recovered from Paly Campus on Nov 14, 2020

Paly Vice Principal, Mr. Jerry Berkson, at our 1,000 lbs celebration.