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

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**We have a new virtual orientation COMING SOON. You can start volunteering without the orientation for now. Just follow the three steps above. We'll send you a link to the orientation as soon as it is available.


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 sponsoring lunch for the day and volunteering with your group.

what do our volunteers do?

  • Do you love meeting new people? Our greeter welcomes guests to Thelma's and explains 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 each shift to help with serving guests on the line. Serving shifts are 2 hours long and require standing. 

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


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

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