Volunteer with Team Loaves & Fishes!

You are invited to join our mission. We need YOU to help cook and serve meals at our community meal site locations across the metro area and greater Minnesota.

Individuals: See the unique volunteer or community meal site opportunities below to sign up through our online platform Signup Genius.

Groups/Teams: There are 2 ways to sign up. You may sign up through our links below with our online platform Signup Genius. Then select the proper quantity of volunteers in the drop-down menu once you’ve selected your date. Or, for a more personalized approach to finding the right fit, contact the Director of Volunteers and Outreach at volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org.

Featured – Weekly Volunteer Needs

Our volunteer needs change daily. Find out what community meal site is in need of volunteers by going to our Weekly Volunteer Needs page. Click on the button below to see which community meal sites are looking for volunteers this week.

Unique Volunteer Opportunities

Commissary Kitchen

Assist our chefs by preparing and packaging food and meals to be distributed at our various meal sites. On Fridays, these shifts may also include cleaning and sanitizing all kitchen equipment and workstations. The full commercial kitchen is used by Loaves & Fishes staff to cook large quantities of rescued food. Entrees created at the kitchen are then reheated and distributed at community meal sites across the Twin Cities. This opportunity can accommodate individuals, small groups, and large teams. Click on the link below and sign up!

Serenity Village Street Outreach Distribution

Volunteer with us at Serenity Village located in Crystal, MN! Every Friday, Loaves & Fishes brings large quantities of food to Serenity Village for those who cannot make it to our community meal sites throughout the week. This opportunity can accommodate small or large groups to assist in loading food into guests’ vehicles. Please connect with our Director of Volunteers & Outreach to sign your group up today: volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org.

St. Cloud

Volunteer with us at our St. Cloud Warehouse! On a weekly basis, Loaves & Fishes brings large quantities of bulk food to our St. Cloud Warehouse. This volunteer opportunity can accommodate groups to break down bulk foods into ready-to-donate quantity sizes. Please connect with our Director of Volunteers & Outreach to sign your group up today: volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org

Reserve Volunteer:

Sign up to be a reserve volunteer!

  • Once signed up, reserve volunteers will receive our weekly email
  • Weekly emails list our most vital volunteer shift needs for the week ahead
  • Reserve volunteers can then sign up for the shifts that work with their schedule via the Sign-Up Genius links provided in the weekly email

Volunteer at a Community Meal Site

Cooking volunteers assist with cooking a pre-planned meal under the guidance of the site coordinator and help package meals for distribution. Our Serving volunteers continue to package and distribute meals, clean up during and after serving, and do dishes throughout the serving period. Click a meal site of interest below to use SignUp Genius to see available volunteer dates and to enroll online.


Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Monday – Thursday
Great is Thy Faithfulness (Former New Bethel)
Monday – Friday
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
Peace House Community 
Monday – Friday
Salvation Army Temple Corps
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Lunch)


Faith United Methodist Church
3rd Wednesday of the month
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
Monday – Friday


Christ the King Lutheran Church
Monday – Friday


Brooklyn United Methodist Church
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (Lunch)


Brunswick United Methodist Church


Easter Lutheran (Easter by the Lake)
Monday – Thursday


St. Gabriel Catholic Church (St. Joseph Campus)
Saturday – Tuesday


River Heights Vineyard Church
Monday – Thursday

Lakeville (Dakota County)

Hosanna Church


Mount Olivet Lutheran Church – Plymouth
Plymouth Covenant Church


Hope Presbyterian Church
Monday – Friday
Woodlake Lutheran Church
Saturday and Sunday


St. John’s Lutheran Church
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

Greater Minnesota Locations


First Lutheran Church
Monday, Tuesday (senior luncheon), and Thursday


Sublo Karen Baptist Church (formerly Esther’s Kitchen)
Monday – Thursday


Contact the Director of Volunteers & Outreach at volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org for more information or with questions.

Youth Participation Guidelines

We appreciate and support youth involvement in community service. Our youth participation guidelines help provide a safe and efficient work environment while maintaining the dignity of our guests. The following age breakdowns are suggested best practices. However, because each community meal site is different, Site Coordinators may make exceptions at their discretion and with parental input and permission.

Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the community meal sites.

Volunteers age 15 and younger may handle cold food.

Youth age 13 to 15 must have one adult to every five youth for supervision purposes.

Youth age 12 and under need to have direct one-on-one supervision. It is suggested that children under the age of 8 do not attend unless prior arrangements are made with the community meal site’s coordinator.

Testimonial: “This Experience is a Gift!”

“I initially came to Holy Rosary for Loaves & Fishes to serve with a Honeywell work group. What I did not realize was how powerful the experience would be! As guest after guest passed, with big smiles, many with sadness in their eyes, thanking us for serving them….by the end of the first night I felt as though I should be thanking them for the amazing feelings that washed over me. For this reason, my daughter and I have been back twice more and will be back many more times, and with the rest of our family, too. This experience is a gift!” -Katrina

Community Meal Site Interactive Map

To find a community meal site near you, type your address or ZIP code into the search bar below. From there you will be able to locate our sites closest to you with days open, meal times, and directions.

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