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General Information about Volunteering with WCK Emergency Relief Efforts
In our emergency relief efforts, we bring in a very small team of professional chefs from our Chef Network to help establish and run our emergency kitchens. We do not hire for these positions.
The vast majority of the work accomplished with our food relief efforts is accomplished by our amazing volunteers, most of which are locals from the very communities we are serving. Some people do drive or fly in from further afield to help us, but do so at their own cost and by making their own arrangements.
We train our volunteers on the lines and can always use people with commercial cooking experience, 4×4 vehicles to help with food purchases and deliveries, and anyone willing to serve a meal with a smile.
We welcome children accompanied by adults. Minimum age is 8 years old. Different kitchens or delivery centers will have varying capacity to accommodate our younger helpers. Please understand if we have reached capacity at any location.
To inquire about opportunities for current relief efforts – please write to volunteer@worldcentralkitchen.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Woolsey Fire (Camarillo, CA): Sign up here.
Camp Fire (Chico, CA): Sign up here.
Volunteering in Puerto Rico
At this time, we are not operating any kitchens in Puerto Rico. Rather, we offer volunteers the opportunity to work for a day or two, or longer if logistics permit, at smallholder farms that are partner grantees of our Plow to Plate program. Participating farms are located throughout the island. Tasks may include anything that happens on a farm, from plowing, harvesting, clearing new fields for planting, feeding goats, seeding, etc.
We can generally accommodate volunteers of all ages, from 8 to 88, and individuals to groups of 20 (more in special circumstances).
Because farm work is dependent on the season and weather, we generally schedule farm assignments 4 to 6 weeks ahead of time. Please contact us at puertorico@worldcentralkitchen.
Volunteers generally coordinate their own transportation to the farms and their own lodging – either in San Juan or in the community served. We will let you know on a case by case basis if special arrangements are available directly with the host farmers.