get involved

Thelma’s Kitchen relies on a 90% volunteer staff to help feed our community. We can't do it without your help!

want to volunteer?



If you want to exchange half an hour of service for a meal as a walk-in volunteer, just show up and talk to the Cafe Coordinator. No sign-up required.

Join the team

If you want to become a regularly scheduled volunteer, sign up to attend an orientation session. After orientation, you will receive a link to sign up for shifts ranging from 1-2+ hours.

If you are interested in court ordered or school service, email in advance or show up and talk to the Volunteer Coordinator to review the expectation for earning court service time.


Already a Thelma’s Kitchen Volunteer?

CLICK HERE to schedule!

How does it work?

 Whether you like to prep food, mingle with guests, or grab a broom and keep things tidy, there are many ways you can put your skills to use. Once you fill out the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION you’ll be notified about next steps for getting on the volunteer schedule at Thelma’s Kitchen. We are glad to have you! 

Who can volunteer?

  • Anyone with a good attitude and a hard working spirit is welcome.

  • Minors 16-18 can serve with a signed parent waiver.

  • We ask that volunteers consider the reliability of their schedules when deciding whether to be a walk-in or schedule volunteer. Those with less reliable schedules are encouraged to come as they are able as walk-ins.

  • Click here for info on volunteer groups.

Jobs for scheduled volunteers

  • Do you love meeting new people? Our greeter stands by the door to welcome all guests into the cafe and explain the “Donate-What-You-Can” model. Greeting shifts are 1.5 hours long.

  • Do you want to serve our delicious food? We need 2-3 servers on each shift to create a beautiful plate-- so that our food looks as good as it tastes. Serving shifts are 2 hours long and require standing for the entire period of time. 

  • Do you prefer to stay behind the scenes? Help with set-up (10-11am), clean up (2-3pm), or dishwashing (1 hours shifts). These roles are essential to the cafe!

Volunteer Groups

Group volunteer opportunities are available for groups of 6-11 and must be scheduled in advance.

Please check out our #LunchOnMeKC page and reach out to the volunteer coordinator to schedule a group.


3101 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64109  |  (816) 931-4751

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