Food for Life Kitchen operating out of the Connect Centre is a social enterprise initiative preparing meals from rescued food which will be distributed to our neighbours through various FFL programs as well as agency partners.
The kitchen provides an opportunity for you to learn some basic kitchen and food preparation skills. You will spend approximately four hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking meals and then packaging them.
121 Chisholm Drive
- You can park anywhere in the parking lot.
- The door to enter the kitchen is around the back of the building. There will be a sign for volunteers to enter.
- Chef Melani will be there to greet you.
Various time slots are available. Maximum of 5 volunteers per time slot. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH SHIFT WORKS FOR YOU.
- Mondays 11 am – 3 pm
- Mondays 4 pm – 8 pm
- Tuesdays 11 am – 3 pm
- Tuesdays 4 pm – 8 pm
- Wednesdays 11 am – 3 pm
- Wednesday 4pm – 8pm
- Sunday – 3pm – 5pm
- Sunday – 6pm – 8pm
Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities
- Check quality of product
- Wash and prepare raw foods
- Cook food
- Prepare portions
- Package and labels foods
- Assist with cleaning of tools and equipment
Qualifications, Skills, and Requirements
- Able to work with a diverse group of individuals and in a team environment
- Must follow directions of the head chef
- Must be comfortable standing while preparing food
- Must be comfortable handling kitchen tools
- Must be comfortable with diverse smells
- Basic understanding of the English language, or have a support person who can interpret
- Volunteers must wear gloves and masks while in the kitchen (these will be provided if you do not arrive with them)
- Minimum age to volunteer alone: 16 years old
- Minimum age with parent/guardian: 14 & 15 years old
Health and Safety Considerations
- Volunteers must be comfortable handling kitchen tools.
- Closed-toed shoes must ALWAYS be worn – running shoes or work shoes. Volunteer wearing high heels, open-toed shoes, or sandals will not be permitted in the kitchen.
- Casual and comfortable clothes. Dress in layers to adjust to kitchen temperatures.
- Hair must be tied back
- If reading glasses are used, please bring them
- No eating, running, or smoking in the kitchen.
- Volunteers are to remain in the designated kitchen area- if there is a need to leave this area, they must inform the chef
- To ensure a safe work environment, clean-up happens throughout the cooking session, as well as at the very end.
- Food Allergy Warning – Our may kitchen handles nuts
Orientation and Training (done by our Chef)
- One-time orientation of Food for Life
- Overview of Food Safety
- Kitchen Training
If interested please email email@example.com