Volunteer groups prepare hot breakfasts and lunches and organizations provide financial support to enable our staff to feed our clients and potential clients.
Meals are an important service that introduce our clients to the facility and the services we offer. They meet our case workers and get to know our staff. Meals are an important way for us to connect and pave the path that leads to independent, sustainable living.
Volunteer Tips for providing meals:
Plan to Serve 50-80 people
We serve Breakfast and Lunch, Monday through Friday.
Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and Lunch is from Noon until 1 p.m.
How many people does it require to prepare and serve a meal?
The meals do not have to be fancy, but you should expect up to 60 clients. Typically, a meal team of 4-6 is adequate. You will want to have at least 3 available to serve.
Do I have to have an entire team? Can I sign up alone?
If you are an individual who would like to help with meals, just let us know, and we’ll pair with others so you can work together to provide an entire meal.
What do we need to bring besides the food?
First Stop will provide the paper plates, cups, and napkins. We also have a limited number of serving utensils.
Will you have ovens available?
Yes, First Stop does have a small oven, but it’s best to try to bring your food already hot and ready to serve if possible.
Am I responsible for cleanup?
There are guidelines posted for cleaning the kitchen and dining area, and First Stop clients and staff will pitch in to help. It usually only takes a few minutes.
Who do I work with if I have a question?
Email Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org