- Kitchen work requires appropriate attire including closed-toed, flat shoes, long pants and hair nets when applicable.
- Kitchen volunteers must be 18 or older to work in food preparation or serving. Those who are 16-18 may come in small groups with one adult per 5 young people to volunteer in non-food preparation activities (sorting, cleaning, etc.).
- Table service volunteers must be at least 13 years old; those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Those too young to volunteer onsite can help by hosting off site drives to collect food, clothing or hygiene products.
Volunteer For Food Service
The Community Kitchen serves three meals a day every day of the year - no questions asked. We hope the meal will serve as a starting point, helping build a foundation from which a person can begin the path to self-sufficiency. Meals are often cafeteria style, but we're working daily to improve the experience through a program we call "dining with dignity." Through this program, we serve "restaurant style" meals complete with table service.
Individuals and groups are needed to serve. Kitchen staff prepare all meals and direct volunteers.
For cafeteria style meals:
Breakfast: Up to 3 people needed from 6:30 to 8:00AM.
Lunch: 3 to 6 people needed between 11:00AM to 12:30PM.
Dinner: 2 people needed from 3:00PM to 4:30PM.
Typical tasks include:
Serving food on trays or into bowls
Setting up chairs for a meal
Wiping tables and stacking chairs after a meal
Handing out bread
As we expand our dining with dignity program, we need table service volunteers to seat guests and serve tables. Tasks include drink orders, meal delivery, and bread. Each volunteer will serve 2-4 guests at a time. First-time groups should arrive thirty minutes before meal-time for a brief orientation and training. Volunteers serving in this opportunity should be friendly and comfortable talking with people.