Do you have to be a certain age to volunteer for Meal Service?
If 15, you may help out unaccompanied. Under 15, we require that an adult accompany children. If your child is comfortable socializing with vulnerable people, they may start as young as 10, with an adult’s supervision.
Where do I park?
After 5:30 pm, volunteers signed up for Meal Service shift are allowed to park on the campus Volunteers may also park on Hollywood Blvd., Carlos (north of the campus), Bronson (east of campus), and Gower (west of campus). Please read the signage. Uber/Lyft are also an option.
Where should I show up and when?
MEAL SERVICE WEEKDAYS –
The Meal Service Shift begins at 5:30 pm in the kitchen at our Community Dinner program. We pack and serve our to-go meals at the kitchen every Monday through Friday.
MEAL SERVICE WEEKENDS –
On Saturday and Sunday, we pack the meals in the kitchen at our Community Dinner program, load the meals into our van, and drive to our distribution point on N. Orange and Romaine (90038). Volunteers can join us at the kitchen at 5:30 pm to help pack or at the street at 6:15 pm to help set up and serve.
What do I wear/bring?
- Comfortable clothing
- Closed-toed shoes
- Hat and/or hair tie for long hair
- We provide gloves, aprons, and all items used to prepare the meal
What will I be doing?
- Setting up tables and gear
- Lifting and moving items
- Dishing up and packing hot food
- Adding packaged cold food to to-go bags
- Greeting guests
- Handing out meals and distributing hand sanitizer, hygiene products, clothing or other items
- Helping clean the kitchen, including wiping tables, sweeping & mopping, helping wash & dry dishes, and putting away all items used during Meal Service
Do I have to stay for the full shift?
We ask people to try to stay for a full shift, but we understand that sometimes people have to leave early. Meal Service is only a 2.5 hours shift.
We ask people to stay through clean-up, though if we have enough hands, some people may leave earlier. It takes many hands to do this each day. We rely on our volunteers to help keep the kitchen clean, safe, and running smoothly.
Can I edit or cancel my SignUp?
Yes. You can edit or cancel your signup by logging back into SignUpGenius with the original email and password you used for your signup.
Once you have logged in, navigate to SignUps, then the “Invited To” section where you should see any shifts you are currently signed up for. You can edit the details of your signup (number of attendees, comments, etc.) by clicking the pencil icon to the right, or cancel your signup by clicking on the X icon.
What if I’m running late or need to cancel at the last minute?
If you need to cancel, please contact your kitchen lead, or call our kitchen line at 323-462-2032. As a last resort, you can always email us at