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Project Open Hand’s kitchen, located just a few blocks from San Francisco City Hall, produces 2,500 nutritious meals with love every day. Our volunteers are an essential part of our team.

Weekly volunteer opportunities:

Prepare and Package Meals


Volunteers assist in preparing, packaging, and labeling prepared meals in containers. Rotating volunteer tasks include:  

  • Opening boxes of frozen vegetables and cleaning, cutting and weighing prepared product 

  • Labeling meal trays and portioning meal components based on diet 

  • Assembling trays/raw & cooked protein/veggies/prepared food onto sheet pans 

  • Assembling frozen 7-packs of meals 

  • Assist is the rotation/movement of frozen 7-packs  

  • Fluffing bags and providing support to kitchen staff 


Volunteer must 

  • Be at least fifteen (15) years of age. 

  • Practice safe steps in food handling, wear protective gear during entire shift and thoroughly wash and sanitize hands. 

  • Follow all instructions and directions given by staff, whose main goals are the quality of the meals and safety of clients, volunteers and staff alike. 

  • Be able to lift up to 25 lbs. and capable of standing during the volunteer shift.  

  • Be able to work well with others and comfortable interacting with a culturally diverse population. 

  • Maintain client confidentiality. 


Shift Times:

Meal Prep (1st Floor)

9:00am – 12:00 pm
Monday - Sunday
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Monday - Friday
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday - Thursday

Meal Packout (2nd Floor)

9:00am – 11:00 am
Monday - Friday
9:00am – 12:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday

Dress Code:

Short sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes, and long pants. 

Volunteer Location:

San Francisco 

If you are interested in scheduling a weekly volunteer shift, complete our Volunteer Inquiry Form. If you are not able to commit to a weekly shift, please sign up for one of our Hot Spot shifts. 


1921 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-0221
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San Francisco

730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-2300
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