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: 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 email@example.com with your group name, size, and availability to set up a group volunteer date.