Volunteer with Us!

The Ladle is always accepting new volunteers for cooking, cleaning, and outreach tasks! If you read through these descriptions and want to get involved, email volunteer@loadedladle.com!!

Volunteering in the Kitchen!

We need kitchen volunteers from 4-6pm on Mondays, and from 9-3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays! We ask volunteers to commit to coming to one two-three hour (ish) volunteer shift per week. The shifts break down like:

Weekly Solidarity Prep Parties

Friday (3-430 pm) Prep Party for Treaty Camp

Weekly Loaded Ladle Prep Party

Monday (4-6pm): This is our prep party! If you want to do food prep for the rest of the week (cutting potatoes, carrots, onions, more onions, and, oh yes, onions), this is your chance!

Daily Meal Prep

TuesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday (9-11am): This is another mostly prep shift. It would involve doing some early kitchen task – maybe cutting or shredding veggies, making cake batter, or starting to prepare salads!

TuesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday (11-1pm): This shift is making the final preparations for the serving – baking cakes, making salad dressings, spicing the stew (think less chopping veggies, more finishing up the already cooking food). It could also involve helping set up the serving area!

Servings and Clean-up

TuesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday (1-3pm): This is the serving and cleaning shift! Serving is pretty straight forward – just handing out food to the many people wanting to eat a delish Ladle lunch. It would also involve helping clean the serving and prep spaces (wiping down surfaces, doing dirty dishes, etc). The cleaning is, I know, not glamorous – but it is crucial to the functioning of the Ladle!!

Market Pick-up

If you are busy during the week, but still want to volunteer with us, you can! The Ladle does a market pick-up on Saturday mornings. Much of our yummy food is sourced from local farmers and businesses. Please let us know if you have a car to use, but it is not necessary to have a vehicle.

If you can’t make any of these shifts – you can be involved in other ways, or at other times. Just get in touch and we’ll figure it out!

Other Ways to Volunteer!

Are you interested in food politics, but maybe can’t or don’t want to cook in the kitchen? Well, we have some additional volunteer opportunities:

Tabling for the Ladle:

In an effort to spread the word about the Ladle, we ‘table’ (ie – have a table with our information, and sit with it and talk to people stopping by about the Ladle) every Thursday at various Dal campuses. We’re looking for people to help us out with us! If you’re interested in chatting to people about the Ladle’s services and mandates, you might be interested in this!

Making Ladle Materials:

Similarly, the Ladle could always use more buttons, posters, flyers, etc! If you’re feeling inspired, go ahead and make one to share with us (we can help you out with printing costs and materials!). Or, get in touch and we will let you know what materials are currently needed!!

Zines and Workshops:

If you are interested in a particular aspect of food politics or social justice, and want to do more in depth work on it, we are open to funding and helping with workshops and zine projects!

We can help you develop your idea, edit your workshops or zine, do promotion, and make copies! We would be really stoked to collaborate on projects like this!

If any of these opportunities sound good to you, email volunteer@loadedladle.com!!

Co-Curricular Record:

The Co-Curricular Record is an official document from Dalhousie that recognizes student accomplishments and experiential learning occurring outside the classroom. Volunteering with the Loaded Ladle can be recognized in your Co-Curricular Record.