Help Create Healthy Food Explorers: Volunteer with our Food Educators in NYC Elementary Classrooms


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Spoons Across America630 Ninth AvenueSuite 212New York, NY 10036


Come join us as we educate children about healthy eating, food and taste.

What do Volunteers do? Volunteers are an essential component of the work that we do with children, helping out in the classroom but also providing a mentoring role for children. After participating in a hands on training, volunteers are partnered with a Spoons Across America Educator and assist in all aspects of program implementation. We look for an ongoing commitment between volunteers and a particular classroom or school, yet can also accommodate one-time volunteers. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with program set up, working directly with children, teaching cooking skills, and assisting in the kitchen where appropriate. We are looking for individuals enthusiastic about healthy eating and children’s programming to join us!

When and where are your programs? We teach programs for school children across the NYC boroughs. Programs occur throughout the school year and there are opportunities for an extended commitment as well as one-time opportunities.

Will I be trained? All volunteers receive training at the Spoons Across America offices (630 Ninth Ave @ 44 th St in Manhattan), and are required to attend one of the following training dates:

  • Monday, November 6: 6:00-7:30
  • Monday, November 13th 11:30-1:00

What programs do you have? We have a number of on-going programs for school age children in New York City. See our website for details.

I'm ready to go! How do I sign up? If you are interested in volunteering with Spoons Across America this year. Please contact Ali McDowell, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at In your email, please indicate the following:

- Training session you will attend: Monday 11/6 (evening) or Monday 11/13 (day)

* Please note: Volunteers must complete a background check prior to the program date

I want to volunteer, but I am not available right now. Will there be other opportunities to get involved? Definitely! If you are unable to volunteer at this point, we will have other opportunities available this winter and spring. If possible, please attend one of the trainings in October. Programs are ongoing and once you are trained you will be able to volunteer. Additional trainings will be held later this year.

I want to volunteer, but I can’t attend the training.Will there be other trainings? Depending upon need and availability, additional trainings may be scheduled this fall. Please contact Ali with your availability.

* Do you work for a business or company that wants to make a volunteer commitment? We can schedule a special training sessions for groups of 10 or more people, onsite or at our offices. Contact Ali for more information.


  • Cooking / Catering
  • Child Development
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Nutrition
  • Event Planning / Management

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • From 1 hour to Unlimited!

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