Want to play a key role in getting nutritious meals to seniors and people with disabilities in our community? Volunteering at the Kitchen of Opportunities is a great way to help!
The Meals on Wheels Kitchen of Opportunities is the first kitchen dedicated to providing meals to Twin Cities Meals on Wheels programs and is located in south Minneapolis. Volunteers are needed to help with tasks such as wrapping bread rolls, chopping vegetables, scooping cookie dough, and assembling meals for daily delivery. Volunteers play a key role in enabling the kitchen to produce up to 1,500 meals per day for people in need.
If you are looking for a way to volunteer with Meals on Wheels that doesn't rely on operating a vehicle or would enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how our meals are prepared, this is a great opportunity. Kitchen shifts are available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and up to four people can volunteer during a 1.5- to 2-hour shifts.
Sign up today for a shift at the Kitchen of Opportunities and make a big impact on the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. To know what to expect when volunteering at the kitchen, see the list of frequently asked questions below. You can also email [email protected] or call (612) 623-3363 for more information.
FAQs for Kitchen Volunteers
How does a typical volunteer kitchen shift work?
Volunteers check in at the beginning of their shift at the kitchen where they'll be given a list of tasks for the day. Common kitchen tasks include, but are not limited to, wrapping bread rolls, chopping vegetables, packaging soup, scooping cookie dough, and assembling meals for daily delivery.
When can I volunteer at the kitchen?
Kitchen shifts are available any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sign up for a time that's convenient for you and you can work with our volunteer manager to schedule regular shifts on an ongoing basis.
How long are the shifts at the kitchen?
Shifts last 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your availability. Shifts are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday.
Can I volunteer with a friend or with a group?
Yes! We can accommodate up to four volunteers during each shift at the kitchen. If you have a group that's larger than four that would like to volunteer at the kitchen, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to plan and accommodate for your group.
How do I get to the Kitchen of Opportunities?
The Kitchen of Opportunities is located at 3025 4th Ave. S., in Minneapolis, which is on or near bus lines 11, 21 and 27. Parking is available in the small lot located north of 31st Street between 4th and 5th Ave (pictured below), otherwise there is plenty of free street parking.
Please enter through the door near the loading dock, which is off the alley that intersects with 31st Street:
What should I expect when I come for my first shift?
We ask that upon arrival for your first volunteer shift you arrive 15 minutes early so that you can receive a tour of the kitchen, learn about safety procedures, and fill out some paperwork.
What should I wear when volunteering at the kitchen?
You must wear flat, closed-toe shoes in the kitchen. Please leave jewelry at home including watches, and don’t wear sleeveless tops, shorts, or loose fitting clothing items that could interfere with the food preparation. If you have longer hair, you can wear a hat or bandana, or a hairnet will be provided.
What should I do if myself or a family member has been sick before my shift?
If you or someone in your home has been sick with a stomach bug in the last 72 hours you will not be able to volunteer in the kitchen that day. Please contact our volunteer manager if you need to cancel your shift.