Food & Friends depends on thousands of volunteers to carry out our mission of delivering specialized, nutritious meals and groceries along with nutrition counseling to men, women and children facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.
At Food & Friends we have many different volunteer opportunities that can fit your busy schedule and interests. All individual volunteers must first attend an orientation. We ask for a least a 6 month or 20 hour commitment from all individual volunteers.
In order to prepare thousands of meals each day, we spend a lot of time prepping ingredients and packing meals. Volunteers join us for all stages of our food preparation, from chopping vegetables to packing groceries. Shifts are generally 2-3 hours.
Here are a few ways for High School students to get involved at Food & Friends:
Youth Chef’s Assistants: High School students 16-18 years old may volunteer in the kitchen as Chefs Assistants with parental permission. These shifts are typically 3 hours each and are available Monday – Thursday 6am-8pm, and Saturday 8am-10am, 10am-12pm (limited availability). Youth Chef’s Assistants must commit to volunteering at least 2x/month until they have completed at least 25 hours total. ORJoin a Parent/Guardian on a recurring schedule: High School students 14 & 15 years old may volunteer by joining someone who is 18 years or older. We do not have one-time opportunities for individual adults (over the age of 18) so these volunteers must commit to at least 6 months of service for at least 4 hours each month on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule. Recurring adult volunteers can bring their high-schoolers along for their shifts.
Delivery Assistant Admin Role - A Delivery Assistants acts as a runner by helping locate packed delivery bags for volunteer delivery drivers upon their arrival, reviewing paperwork with drivers, double checking packed red bags, and helping volunteers load their vehicles. Additionally, assistants will have the opportunity to provide on-site orientations to first-time volunteer delivery drivers. During periods of downtime, delivery assistants will be expected to consolidate bags on carts, organize empty delivery bags, and manage the backdoor for staff and volunteers. Delivery Assistants must be at least 16 years old and will be asked to volunteer at least once a week from 9am-Noon each week, serving a minimum of 8 hours a month for at least 3 months.
Come as a Group: Get fellow students and a chaperone together and come in to volunteer with us as a group. This requires at least 4 volunteers and one must be a chaperone who is 18 or older.