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.
Read on for more information about our volunteer opportunities!
The Kitchen offers a quarterly new volunteer orientation required for all volunteers looking to get involved with programming. At this presentation, we review the mission of Second Harvest and The Kitchen, the meaning of food insecurity, and the specifics of getting connected to volunteer opportunities. Register for our March 20th Volunteer Orientation here.
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:
For additional information or inquiries, contact Allie Moore, the Kitchen Volunteer Coordinator, at 509 252 6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.