Lunches for Youth Outing to the Science Museum


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Fri Mar 16, 2018, 08:15 AM - 02:15 PM


2100 Pillsbury Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55404


Lunches for Youth Outing

Volunteer Position Description

At Your Location

Goal of Position:

Lunches for Youth Outing volunteers create nutritious lunches for the Simpson Housing Services Youth Mentoring Program. Students and their mentors have monthly group opportunities to explore the Twin Cities. These experiences include field trips to museums, volunteering, and creative hands on activities like pumpkins carving. Proper nutrition is vital for the students and their mentors to amerce themselves into the experience for the day. Volunteers purchase the food items needed for the lunches. Approximate cost is between $100 - $120.


Delivery dates are the Friday before a particular outing. Lunches can be delivered anytime between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Deliver lunches to Bell House - 2100 Pillsbury Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55404

Shopping List

Food Handling Materials

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hand sanitizer if a sink and hand soap is not available in the room
  • Cardboard boxes or paper bags for transporting bag lunches
  • A few permanent markers

30 Lunches for Youth & Volunteers

Your goal is to make hearty and delicious lunches that youth would like to eat. Quality is more important than quantity. The students enjoy roast beef, chicken, turkey, salami, and pastrami. They also enjoy bagels with plain cream cheese. Please do not purchase bologna. No condiments or vegetables on the sandwiches. Do not make peanut butter and jelly, chicken salad, or tuna salad sandwiches.

  • 30 paper lunch bags
  • 30 napkins
  • 30sandwiches - Basic sandwiches / tortilla wraps/bagels or ham/cheese or turkey/cheese
  • 30 Juice Boxes/water bottles/pop
  • 30 Fruit/Vegetable servings; clementine, apple, banana, applesauce, or mini carrots with dip. Please provide utensil, if needed.
  • 30 Individually pre-packaged snack; crackers, chips, cheese stick, etc.
  • 30 Individually pre-packaged treats; cookie, brownie, dried fruit, or chewy granola bar (optional).
  • Small individual serving packets of mustard and mayo (optional)


  • Minimum number of volunteers: 1.
  • Maximum number of volunteers: 15.
  • Children/youth groups must have a minimum adult to child ratio of 1:5.

Food Preparation Procedure

  1. Carefully clean the food preparation area or cover table with new paper/plastic.
  2. Ask that people with long hair tie their hair back.
  3. Ask all volunteers to wear hairnets.
  4. Ask volunteers to roll up long sleeves.
  5. Make sure every person thoroughly washes and dries their hands.
  6. Everyone must wear plastic gloves. Please read the following instructions about gloves to your entire group.

You must change your gloves if:

  • You touch your face, hair, clothing
  • You touch a part of the room that was not sterilized (chair, doorknob, etc.)
  • You touch another person
  • You use the bathroom
  • You cough or sneeze
  • Your gloves get ripped or torn
  1. If you are working with youth, please ask that they respect the food. Remind them to treat the food as if they were making a sandwich for their best friend. Avoid making thumbprints in the bread, squishing sandwiches into bags, playing with the food, etc.
  2. Assemble the sandwiches by placing at least one piece of meat and one piece of cheese between two slices of bread.
  3. Place each sandwich in a sandwich bag.
  4. Ask volunteers to place napkins, sandwich, fruit, juice box, snack, and treats in the paper lunch bags.
  5. Store completed lunches in cold storage for transportation.
  6. Thank the volunteers and clean up the work space.
  7. Deliver the food to Bell House during our donation hours (see page 1).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we make more than30 bag lunches?

Each experience will include 20 students, mentors, and team members, no extra lunches are needed for these events. If you would like to make more than 30 lunches, contact Simpson Housing, for more donation opportunities.

Can extra lunch supplies be donated?

If you have extra individually prepackaged items and would like to donate them, we can use them for other mentoring/tutoring programs.

Can we write notes to include with the food?

This is a very thoughtful gesture, but we do not accept notes. Ink from the notes can run onto the food. It is also challenging to write a message that is appropriate and helpful for the students.

What does Simpson Housing Services need besides lunches?

Our greatest need is for funding to keep our shelter doors open. You can view a full list of our supply needs on our website at Contact Christina Giese with questions or for a list of urgent needs.

Why is mentoring so important?

Youth who have experienced homelessness often face additional challenges and barriers. Supportive, caring adults are an important resilience factor for all children and are especially important for those who have lived with instability and trauma.

Mentoring helps youth strengthen their confidence, hope, and ability to make thoughtful decisions. They are able to form stronger relationships and communicate better with both peers and adults. Youth with mentors have fewer attendance issues and fewer behavior problems at school. They are less likely to engage in risky behavior, such as drugs or underage drinking, and more likely to graduate from high school and continue their education.

In the context of this program specifically, mentors support youth in exploring their strengths and interests. Mentors expose young people to new experiences in their community and mentees enrich the lives of the mentors. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship that helps connect people across our community.

Where can we find out more about homelessness?

  • Spent:

This activity challenges you to survive for a month by making tough choices as a low-wage worker.

  • Wilder Foundation:

The Wilder Foundation does statewide research on homelessness. Their detailed studies provide us with much of what we know about homelessness in Minnesota.

  • Minnesota Housing Partnership:

The MHP website has in-depth information about housing affordability, as well as opportunities for advocacy and learning.


For mentoring program details contact Barrett Dummer, Middle School Mentoring Coordinator, at 612.455.0856 or


  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

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