We are looking for individuals enthusiastic about healthy eating and children’s programming to join us! After participating in a hands-on training, volunteers are partnered with a Spoons Across America Food Educator and assist in all aspects of program implementation.  We look for an ongoing commitment between volunteers and a particular classroom or school, yet can also accommodate one-time volunteers. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with program set up, working directly with children, teaching cooking skills, and assisting in the kitchen where appropriate.

Our first training for 2016-17 has already occurred, but we will be holding additional trainings for later this Fall. Please contact us if you would like to attend the training. The sessions are 1 1/2 hours long and provide information on all our programs. See below for more information.

* Please note: Volunteers must complete and pass a background check prior to the program start date.


What programs do you have?

We have a number of on-going programs for school age children in New York City. See our programs page for more information.

Will I be trained?

All volunteers receive training at the Spoons Across America offices (630 Ninth Ave @ 44th St in Manhattan). Our first training for 2016-17 has already occurred, but we will be holding additional trainings for later this Fall. If you are interested in attending the training, please contact us.

I was trained AND I volunteered last year, do I have to be trained again?

If you received training AND volunteered in the past you may not need to attend. “Refresher” phone calls will be scheduled with current and returning volunteers. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.

I want to volunteer, but I am not available right now. Will there be other opportunities to get involved?

Definitely! If you are unable to volunteer at this point, we will have other opportunities available throughout the year. If possible, please attend a scheduled training. Programs are ongoing and once you are trained you will be able to volunteer.

I want to volunteer, but I can’t attend either of the scheduled trainings. Will there be other trainings?

Depending upon need and availability, additional trainings may be scheduled this fall. Please contact Ali with your availability.

I have a friend who is also interested in volunteering. Can I invite them to the training?

Yes! Please do.  They should contact us with their availability.

I'm ready to go! How do I sign up?

If you are interested in volunteering with Spoons Across America this year, please contact Ali McDowell, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at ali@spoonsacrossamerica.org. In your email, please indicate the following:

  • If you volunteered in the past, and if so, for what programs.
  • Programs you are interested in.
  • If you not done so already, please fill out a volunteer registration form.

Additional Questions?

Please contact us and I will be happy to help you out!

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