2015 Winter and Spring Volunteer Positions
All volunteers will receive training at the Spoons Across America offices, and are required to attend one volunteer training session. Please see the specific volunteer training dates under each volunteer opportunity listed below:
*Volunteers must complete a background check prior to the program date.
Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW)
Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) is a volunteer-led opportunity in 2nd grade classrooms throughout New York City from March 2 – March 20 to read The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and Kristin Booker. After reading this beautifully illustrated story describing the process of beekeeping and honey collecting on a rooftop in Brooklyn, students will participate in a sequencing activity tied to Common Core educational standards, then will given some honey to sample and a recipe for Chef Bobo’s Honey Vinaigrette to take home and share with their families.
Training Dates: Monday, February 9 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm and Wednesday, February 11 from 11 am – 12:30 pm
Take a Taste (TAT)
This 3-week program for 3rd graders is implemented in classrooms across NYC from May 1 – June 15. Students explore the elements of taste and create snacks to enjoy at school and at home. Volunteers are partnered with a SAA Curriculum Leader, assisting in a one-hour class once a week for 3 weeks in each classroom to which you are assigned. Commitment to all 3 sessions in a particular classroom(s) is strongly preferred, but if you only able to volunteer once or twice, please sign up as well. Read more about Take a Taste with Spoons here.
Training Dates TBA
Spoons Across America sends dozens of material boxes to schools throughout each programming cycle. Join SAA staff and volunteers to help prepare and pack curriculum boxes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sample “Salad in A Cup” (a favorite of The Dinner Party Project menu), and connect with other Volunteers that share a passion for culinary and nutritional education while preparing materials for our programs.
TAT Pack-Up: Monday, March 30 from 11 am 12: 30 pm and 5:30- 7 pm
The Dinner Party Project
SAA is facilitating three Dinner Party Projects in May-June. This hands-on program teaches children about healthy eating and cooking by planning a dinner party for their families. Volunteers are partnered with a SAA Curriculum Leader. The Dinner Party Project consists of 6 one-hour lessons plus an additional half day (2pm-8pm) on the day of the actual dinner party. Classroom lessons are scheduled in the morning as well as after-school. Volunteers assist students with cooking and distributing the meal on the night of the Dinner Party. We are looking for volunteers for classroom lessons and to support children in the kitchen the night of the party. Please indicate your preference, if any, when signing up. Read more about The Dinner Party Project here.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please fill out an online registration form.
Sponsor a program
Spoons Across America® programs are funded by grants, individual gifts, in-kind donations, and corporations. To find out about how you can sponsor a program, please contact us.