Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Interested in working with other passionate volunteers and directly supporting an agency that serves homeless youth and young adults? Join our team as a volunteer kitchen lead and gain experience managing volunteers and leading a kitchen!
The Teen Feed Kitchen Volunteer Lead is a new volunteer position with the purpose of supporting kitchen operations during the time of COVID-19 at a trusted youth-focused outreach organization. The lead receives and expedites donated items, guides other kitchen volunteers, and ensures that high quality to-go food is available for distribution at Teen Feed dinner sessions. This position prepares and labels all dinner items for transport, overseas quantity, and occasionally is responsible for cooking dinner when needed.
The Lead volunteer is one of a team of seven (7) alternating leads, each responsible for overseeing one day of weekly service. Kitchen Leads must be 18+ Commitment is once weekly, 6-12 months, with preference given to longer term applicants. **This position does not involve direct contact with youth, but does involve working in a kitchen space with small teams of volunteers. Kitchen spaces are sanitized and PPE is required.
This is an enriching experience managing other passionate volunteers, leading large scale food preparation and kitchen management. Ideal for anyone interested in nutrition, food service, social justice, community causes or looking for in-person nonprofit experience.
**At this time, we are recommending that individuals who may be high - risk do not participate in - person at the Teen Feed dinner program. Kitchen Leads must be 18+
Teen Feed aims to create a volunteer corps reflective of the diversity of our youth - those who represent diverse identities and/or have lived experience with homelessness/housing insecurity are highly encouraged to apply.
Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three programs: Teen Feed, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY).
Teen Feed at a Glance Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), Service Links for Youth (SLY) and Youth Access to Care (YAC).
Thanks to your partnership in 2015 Teen Feed:
Opened its doors to 50 - 80 youth each night
Offered over 20,000 nutritious meals to hungry youth
connected with over 600 individual youth in need
worked with over 800 volunteers, who donated over $130,000 in food
In 1987, nurses from the University of Washington Medical Center noticed that many street youth accessing the emergency room were severely malnourished. The community responded, and faith groups, service providers, and neighbors came together to provide food to the University District’s homeless youth population. Teen Feed was born, and now we average 40-50 guests each evening. Teen Feed is the only provider of meals specifically to youth and young adults in the University District open regularly every night of the week.