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!

 

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Volunteers work alongside a team of L.A. Kitchen chefs, kitchen staff, and alumni or students from our Empower Program (a culinary job ­training program for young men and women aging out of foster care and older men and women transitioning out of incarceration) to prepare reclaimed fruits and vegetables that will be transformed into nutritious meals and snacks for charitable partners that serve Los Angeles’ aging, low­ income, and homeless populations.

Activities include cleaning, cutting, peeling, zesting, etc. a variety of donated produce from local farmers and wholesale companies. Volunteers learn and practice valuable knife skills and kitchen safety protocols under the direction of trained L.A. Kitchen culinary team members. No prior kitchen prep experience is necessary.

Service days at L.A. Kitchen are offered six days a week Monday through Saturday! Weekday service times are: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. Saturday service times are 9:30-12:30pm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to register to come in to volunteer for Kitchen Prep?

A: Yes,  you can register for a spot to volunteer HERE. We require volunteers to register beforehand so the culinary staff knows how much food to set aside to prep.

Q. I registered for a service event but I’m on the wait list. Should I still attend the event?
A. No. Those who are on the wait list are not officially registered for the event. You are added to the official attendees list if another spot becomes available, and you receive an email confirmation for us.  

Q: Is there an age requirement for Kitchen Prep?

A: Yes, volunteers must be 12 or older, and an adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 16 while in the kitchen.

Q: Where does the food that volunteers prepare go?

A: All of the healthy snacks, salads, and meals that are prepared at L.A. Kitchen are donated to social service agencies that serve Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations. We prioritize support after school programs, treatment facilities, and agencies that provide dynamic programing for aging residents.

Q: Does this volunteer opportunity include serving food?

A: Kitchen Prep does not include serving of food.  Volunteering through Kitchen Prep you will prepare fresh and nutritious meals that are donated to service partners in L.A. who then distribute food to their communities.

Q: What do I need to wear for Kitchen Prep?

A: Please wear a shirt with sleeves, pants, and close toe shoes. You may bring your own hat or apron if you’d like. If not, we will provide one for you!

Q: How do I bring in a group to volunteer?

A: Please email engagela@lakitchen.org with your group name, size, and availability to set up a group volunteer date. 

Cancellation Policy
Our volunteer service events are very popular. If you or your group can no longer attend a service event you’ve signed up for, please let us know as soon as possible so we may offer your spot to other individuals/groups on the waiting list. Please email your cancellation at engage@lakitchen.org
Actively reducing food waste while feeding our most vulnerable communities is essential to LAK. The amount of donated fruits and vegetables we bring in for each service event is calculated based on the number of volunteers registered. This ensures that food is efficiently processed into nutritious, wholesome snacks and meals, and delivered to our charitable partners the next day for maximum freshness and nutritional value. Our mission is possible because of volunteers like you committing to your service. We understand that things come up, so it is important that you provide us with timely notification if you can no longer attend. Individuals or Groups who fail to do so may not be eligible to participate in future service events at LAK. 

 

 

february

4feb9:30 am- 12:30 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:30 am - 12:30 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

6feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

7feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

8feb1:30 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer ServiceRSVP/Senior Day1:30 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

9feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

10feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

11feb9:30 am- 12:30 pmShared Plates Volunteer Day9:30 am - 12:30 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

13feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

14feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

15feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

16feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

16feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

17feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

17feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

18feb9:30 am- 12:30 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:30 am - 12:30 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

20feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

20feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

21feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

21feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

22feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

22feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

23feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

24feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

24feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

27feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

27feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

28feb9:00 am- 12:00 pmAM Kitchen Prep Volunteer Service9:00 am - 12:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

28feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

 

march

1mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

2mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

8mar1:30 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer ServiceRSVP/Senior Day1:30 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

9mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

10mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

11mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

13mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

14mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

15mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

16mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

17mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

18mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

20mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

21mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

22mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

23mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

24mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

25mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

27mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

28mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

29mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

30mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

31mar1:00 pm- 4:00 pmKitchen Prep Volunteer Service1:00 pm - 4:00 pm L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

 

 

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