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Cook Dinner at Mountain View

Provide, Cook & Serve Dinner at Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter


Cook Dinner at Mountain View Family Shelter

Volunteers are needed to provide and serve dinner for homeless families living at our shelter in Martinez. By providing a meal, you're providing a family dining experience while ensuring no one goes hungry. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated!

Location: Martinez, CA 94553

Capacity: Due to current Health Department restrictions, a maximum of four volunteers are allowed to prepare and serve meals, or set up birthday parties and holiday celebrations.

Time: Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Volunteers are welcome to arrive as early as 4:00 pm to begin meal preparation. Volunteers will be screened upon entry for exposure to COVID-19 and temperatures will be taken and logged.

Quantity: To get an exact count and any food allergies, please contact shelter supervisor Lynna Magnuson at 925-408-2119 or [email protected] the week before your scheduled day.

Purchasing Ingredients: Please purchase items to prepare the meal, beverages (only low-fat milk, water or 100% juice) and desserts. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring disposable serving plates, cups, and napkins.

Suggested Meals: Casseroles, kid-friendly finger foods, mac & cheese, salads, mashed potatoes, roasts, chicken and other family-friendly foods.

Preparing Dinner: We prefer healthy food prepared onsite by the generous hearts and loving hands of volunteers! Food may not be prepared offsite in home/unlicensed kitchens and brought to the shelter to serve. This violates Health Department food handling codes, and is why we have a commercially licensed kitchen. Prepared foods may be purchased from a retail restaurant or licensed caterer only. Food handling and CDC guidelines must be strictly followed.

  • Wash hands before serving and preparation of food.
  • Use mask and gloves when handling food at all times.
  • Wear a hair restraint when working in the food serving/preparation area.
  • When you taste food, do not put the utensil back into the food.
  • Cover food and utensils when not in use.
  • Check expiration dates on food items

Serving Dinner: Meals are served cafeteria style.

  • All hot foods must remain on the counter and are served by volunteers. Two volunteers can fulfill this function while two volunteers clean up the kitchen.
  • All beverages and cold dishes are put on the counter next to the warmers for clients can serve themselves.

Social Distancing: Unfortunately, volunteers may not sit with families and partake in the meal at this time. We encourage volunteers to maintain a 6-foot distance from others as is reasonable given the activities of preparing and serving food. Masks must be worn at all times within the shelter.

Clean-Up: Please, clean-up after the meal is finished by cleaning any necessary dishes and disposing of trash. Store and label any left-over food which is used for lunch the following day.

Children Volunteering: Children 13years of age and older are welcome to participate in meal preparation, but must be supervised at all times in the kitchen. Children under 13 years of age are not allowed in the kitchen ever, due to Health Department rules, children under 13 may not volunteer in the dining room at this time.

Additional Items: The shelter relies on generous donations by the community to sustain the site.

Questions or for a list of current needs: Contact shelter supervisor

Lynna Magnuson at 925-408-2119 or [email protected]

Created by:   Shelter Inc
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