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Volunteer with The Kitchen!

Do you love cooking? Would you like to teach others? Find a meaningful way to give back in the Inland Northwest and become a Nutrition Education Volunteer with Second Harvest's Kitchen Program.

Our volunteers are a crucial part of our long-term approach to ending hunger. The Kitchen has a variety of volunteer opportunities great for different interests, skills, and schedules. We would love to have you join our team as we expand our classes and nutrition efforts in the community.

For more information about volunteering, contact Allie, The Kitchen's Volunteer Coordinator, at americorps@secondharvestkitchen.org.

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Kitchen Volunteer Programs

All Kitchen volunteer events take place at Second Harvest or partner facilities located throughout Spokane.


Cooking Classes: Teach or assist hands-on lessons in planning, shopping for and preparing healthy, delicious and affordable meals. We offer adult and youth series, one-time community classes, and fee-based classes. Classes include any combination of a nutrition lesson, a hands-on cooking component, and sharing a meal as a group. Most classes take place during the day or evenings, and require about a 3.5 hour commitment, depending on the type of class.

Depending the level of involvement you are looking for, you can get involved in classes as one or more of the following:

Class Assistants offer support in cooking classes through set-up, support, and clean-up as determined by the Class Instructor

Demo Chefs are volunteers who would prepare and lead a cooking demonstration in cooking classes

Class Instructors participate in a curriculum training offered by The Kitchen, and are the point person for class activities and leading nutrition education activities. Require commitment to whole series being taught

Mobile Food Banks: Volunteer as a Nutrition Ambassador out in the community! Conduct healthy recipe demonstrations and assist with produce distribution at a variety of locations throughout our community. These events take place at senior apartment complexes (daytime), schools (after school hours), and community mobile food bank sites (weekday mid mornings). Nutrition Ambassadors operate in teams independently or support 2nd Harvest mobile food bank operations alongside staff and additional volunteers.

Depending on the level of involvement you are looking for, you can get involved as one of two "types" of Nutrition Ambassador:

  • "Assistant" Nutrition Ambassadors meet directly at event sites to help with sampling and recipe card distribution. Activities to help support "Lead" Nutrition Ambassadors or Kitchen staff.
  • "Lead" Nutrition Ambassadors meet at Second Harvest to gather supplies, drive a 2H vehicle, and lead sampling activities. Driver training required.

For additional information or inquiries, contact Allie Moore, the Kitchen Volunteer Coordinator, at 509 252 6271 or americorps@secondharvestkitchen.org.

Volunteering at Second Harvest Kitchen