Meal Project: Providing a nutritious healthy meal is an amazing way to boost the spirits and resilience for the families with children and single women living in this shelter. Bring a meal that’s commercially prepared and deliver it to the shelter. Meals ready-to-eat can be purchased from a restaurant, grocery store deli or Costco. Easy meal suggestions!
Dinner Time: Please deliver the meal no later than 5:15pm. Dinner is served at 5:30pm.
How much to bring? Bring at least 35 adult portions. The shelter encourages good nutrition, so please try to bring proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Dessert is optional, but a fresh fruit platter is always appreciated. There is currently a vegan client, so a salad or vegetable sides are greatly appreciated.
Number of Servers: Groups are encouraged to stay and serve the meal and can accommodate groups up to 10 people, including children. Some volunteers may help with service, while others can play with the children and spend time with the families.
Amenities: The kitchen has been completely remodeled and is fully functional with a convection oven and all necessary trays, cooking utensils, bowls, etc. that may be used as needed. You may prepare the meal on site and use the kitchen or outdoor gas grill to do so. You will need to arrive earlier to do this, so please let us know in advance of your plans.
Drinks: Please bring a milk or juice with your meal.
Can we make the meal at home? Unfortunately, no. The California Health and Safety Code dictates that the meal must be commercially prepared, so it must come from a restaurant, commercial kitchen, deli, grocery store, Costco. Easy meal suggestions!
Age Limit for Children: The shelter asks that families volunteering only bring children 10 years and older. Thank you for understanding.
Arrival: Park in the front parking lot and check-in at the front office, you will be directed to the kitchen.
What else should I bring? Paper products are always greatly appreciated: paper plates, bowls, napkins, cups, forks, knives, spoons and serving utensils.
Monetary Donations: Optional! If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of bringing a meal, the money will go towards preparing meals at the shelter. For a one time donation, click here!
Questions: Anneliese Petitt, [email protected], 760-536-3880
Date/Time: 05/09/2024 - 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Operation Hope - Shelter for Women and Children
859 E Vista Way