Please note the following temporary changes to our hours of operation:

All Monday, evening (5pm-8pm), and Saturday (8am-12pm) shifts are suspended until further notice.
In addition, all 8am-11am and 11am-2pm shifts are suspended.

The new volunteer orientation requirement is also temporarily waived.
Please email or call (215) 496-2662 ext. 3 once you create your account.

For social distancing purposes, we have limited the number of volunteers per shift. Once a shift is full, it will no longer be visible on the calendar. However, please check back often as registrations/cancellations change throughout the day.

We will continue to keep you updated with any changes.

Revised 3.31.2020

Volunteer FAQ

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be at least 14 old. If anyone is a minor (under 18 years of age) a parental consent form must be filled out prior to being allowed to volunteer in the MANNA kitchen. All minor volunteers MUST have a signed consent form or they will not be allowed to volunteer.

What will I do during my shift?

Volunteers work in the kitchen under the guidance of MANNA’s amazing chefs. You will work on supervised tasks that our chef’s assign such as chopping vegetables, packing meals, filling meal trays, baking, and any other tasks for the day.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, volunteer safety is a priority at MANNA and the Department of Health requires a dress code for MANNA’s kitchen. Volunteers are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No sleeveless shirts or tank tops
  • Must wear long pants (no shorts or skirts)
  • Must wear closed shoes (no open-toed shoes or sandals)
  • No jewelry is allowed in the kitchen (rings, bracelets, watches, dangling earrings)
  • Hats and/or head covering is required. Hairnets are provided, but you may bring your own baseball cap or hat to wear.
  • Disposable aprons and gloves will also be provided onsite
What are the volunteer hours?

Monday – Wednesday Kitchen Shifts:

  • 7am – 10am
  • 8am – 11am (Individuals Only)
  • 10am – 1pm
  • 11am – 2pm (Individuals Only)
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • 5pm – 8pm

Thursday Kitchen Shifts:

(Please note that our kitchen closes at 5pm on Thursdays):

  • 7am – 10am
  • 8am – am (Individuals Only)
  • 10am – 1pm
  • 11am – 2pm (Individuals Only)
  • 1pm – 4pm

Friday Kitchen Shifts:

(Please note that our kitchen closes at 1pm on Fridays):

  • 7am – 10am
  • 8am – 11am (Individuals Only)
  • 10am – 1pm

Saturday Kitchen Shift:

(Please note that our kitchen closes at 12pm on Saturdays):

  • 8am – 12pm
Do I need to have cooking skills?

No, our MANNA chefs will show you exactly what you need to do. There are many non-cooking opportunities in our kitchen, such as packing sandwiches or packaging meals on the MANNA turnout line.

Where do I park?

Metered, zoned, and garage parking is available nearby. MANNA is also easily accessible from the following SEPTA bus routes: 7, 32, 33, 43, 48, and 49.