Teen Programs

Caring Kitchen invited teens into the kitchen and garden this summer with two summer programs. Both programs filled up quickly and brought new, enthusiastic faces to the kitchen. 

 The teens spent Mondays in the garden at Mendocino College harvesting for Caring Kitchen's weekly meal bags, planting, seeding, and of course, weeding!  April prepared "mystery juices", containing 4 or 5 fresh fruits and/or vegetables that the teens were tasked with guessing. They all were able to correctly guess more quickly as the sessions progressed.  

 Tuesdays were spent in the kitchen, learning knife skills with April and prepping food for Thursday meal bags. There were always delicious dishes to taste and the teens enthusiastically tried foods that were new to many of them.  

 Both groups also spent a morning at Golden Rule Gardens, where farmers Jes, Keith, Eric and Francisco gave inspiring tours of the two garden sites where much of Caring Kitchen produce comes from, thanks to generous donations from this amazing place!

Teen volunteers are an important part of Caring Kitchen's mission, and we always have volunteering opportunities outside of our more formal programs.  To learn more, contact afoley@ncoinc.org.

We serve medically-vulnerable community members, therefore all volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Adult Volunteers Opportunities

Volunteer Requirements:

- We serve medically-vulnerable community members, therefore all volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

- Able to work in a busy, loud kitchen environment

- Able to bend, carry, lift and stand for long periods of time


For any of the below volunteer positions, there is the option to work alongside teens as an Adult Mentor Volunteer. Do you have a desire to be a positive role model for a youth in your community? Let us know if you're interested in becoming a Caring Kitchen Adult Mentor. Contact afoley@ncoinc.org.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work in the kitchen with Kitchen Manager to prepare and use ingredients for recipes, process produce and preserve for future meals. Pack up meals on Thursdays.


Tuesday 10:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:00

Wednesday 9:30-12:00 or 1:00-3:30

Thursday 11:30-3:30

Duties and Responsibilities:

Pick up meals and deliver to clients, provide client feedback to Kitchen Manager.


Thursday afternoon  Pick-up in Willits or Ukiah and deliver to homes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under direction of the Garden Manager, work in garden at Mendocino College to maintain garden and harvest produce for kitchen. 


Monday-Thursday – flexible hours

Duties and Responsibilities:

Harvest produce from the garden and/or work in the kitchen to process and preserve produce for future meals.


Mondays-- 2 shifts (hours vary, depending on weather and school schedule)

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