The Need

For people who are chronically homeless, being able to access healthy food is not easy.

Ve’ahavta’s Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness (MJRH) outreach van has been providing sandwiches as part of our services, but we want to step it up a notch to address the challenges of our clients who are not likely to access drop-ins or food banks by providing warm, nourishing meals.

Program Description

The Meal Box program uses food as a platform to bring people together, learn and share skills and create meaningful change in people’s lives.

This program addresses the connection between food insecurity, poverty, economic vulnerability and social isolation by providing work placements for 5 to 10 individuals with lived experience of poverty and/homelessness, training them to work in a kitchen and prepare healthy meals throughout the duration of their work placement.

The Kitchen Coordinators will work alongside volunteers to help prepare and package 70 healthy meals, four nights per week. The meals are then distributed to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness on Ve’ahavta’s MJRH outreach van.

Want to know what a day in the Meal Box Kitchen is like? Check out this blog post by former summer student Hannah Ziegler to find out!

Call to Action

Interested in volunteering?

You can read the full description of the position here and fill out the volunteer application

For more information contact

Interested in supporting the Meal Box Program?

Contact Brandon Lablong to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Additionally, you can donate kitchen items that are in good condition to support our Meal Box Program, helping volunteers prepare a delicious meal to be used by the MJRH outreach Van.