Wealth derived from the community should be reinvested locally. Investments should be made in both the present and the future. All people have potential, and every person has a role in strengthening the community. You are a vital member of the L.A. Kitchen community and your support will change lives today and into the future!



Thank you for your interest in joining the vibrant community of volunteers at L.A. Kitchen. Volunteers like you help to transform donated fruits and produce into healthy, scratch-made meals that are distributed to Los Angeles area shelters, transitional homes, after-school programs and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing the people participating in their programs. L.A. Kitchen provides meaningful and educational volunteer opportunities for students, corporate groups, civic organizations, and individuals. Volunteers can expect to engage in meaningful work and to have a deeper understanding of the impact of L.A. Kitchen’s work in the community. 


  1. If it is your first time volunteering with L.A. Kitchen, we recommend starting with Kitchen Prep, our largest and most popular volunteer activity. (You can also jump straight into another volunteer opportunity that works for you!)
  2. Sign up for Kitchen Prep by clicking HERE or the Kitchen Food Prep box below.
  3. Find a day that works for you and click REGISTER.
  4. You will be asked to make an account.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email after you’ve signed up.
  6. If this is your first time joining us please take a moment to read the Volunteer Bill of Rights and F.A.Qs.
  7. Wear closed toed shoes, pants, and a shirt with sleeves (T shirts are okay).
  8. Show up on time and ready to engage in meaningful volunteer service.
  9. If you liked your experience, check out our other volunteer opportunities, and spread the word on social media!
  10. Come BACK! 🙂


Bring your family, friends and colleagues together at L.A. Kitchen. Celebrate a birthday by giving back to fellow Angelenos or get your team out of the office in the kitchen with our group Kitchen Prep sessions. If you are interested in volunteering with a GROUP of five or more please fill out a Group Volunteer Request Form or call  213-269-8260 for any questions. 


In August, we celebrated our SECOND YEAR of changing lives, preparing healthy meals and supporting our community. As we look into 2018, we have set the goal of reaching 15,000 meals each month and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $200,000 from local businesses and supportive individuals like you. The remainder of the $500,000 will be secured through our generous foundation supporters. Learn more.



Volunteering Opportunities

Kitchen Food Prep

3-hour shift working alongside L.A. Kitchen staff & students. Volunteers help out with basic preparation of produce including washing, chopping, slicing or peeling. Our largest and most popular volunteer activity!

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Beets and Beer: A "do good" happy hour

Join us for a community gathering including free beer, kombucha, snacks, music, and fun volunteer activities. Gather your friends and join us for a happy hour for GOOD.

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Celebrating Diversity & Service

L.A. Kitchen’s cultural program, invites guest chefs, industry leaders and changemakers to share their stories and recipes. Activities include cooking demos followed by a L.A. Kitchen volunteer service.

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Special Events at L.A. Kitchen

L.A. Kitchen has got a full calendar planned with events and volunteer opportunities for all ages! There will be chopping, music, family fun and more.

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Skilled Volunteer Opportunities

L.A. Kitchen is growing and we are looking for skilled volunteers to donate their talent to our various creative projects and provide support to L.A. Kitchen admin.

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Interact with seniors at nutrition sites to provide education and information about meals and healthy eating

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230 W. Ave. 26,

Los Angeles, CA 90031


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