Volunteering with The Loaded Ladle

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

Volunteering for Food Servings in the SUB kitchen:

Our Food Servings Program in the SUB kitchen runs in the Fall and Winter Semester.

We need kitchen volunteers from 4-6pm on Mondays, and from 9-3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays! We ask volunteers to consider committing to coming to one shift of 2-3 hours per week.

To get started, we invite you to take a few minutes to fill out this volunteer intake form, link below:


We use the form to collect basic info about our volunteers and keep track of volunteer volume on different dates.

The shifts break down like this:

Weekly Loaded Ladle Prep Party, Mondays 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, Tuesdays – Fridays

9:00-11:00am: This is another mostly prep shift – maybe cutting or shredding veggies, making cake batter, or starting to prepare salads!

11:00am-1:00pm: This shift makes 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!

1:00-1:45 pm: This is mostly the serving shift with some cleaning. Serving is pretty straightforward – just handing out food to the many people wanting to eat a delish Ladle lunch.

1:30 pm – 3 pm: Cleaning shift with some late serving! It involves helping to clean the serving and prep spaces (wiping down surfaces, doing dirty dishes, etc). The cleaning shift may not be glamorous, but it makes everything else we do possible!

Volunteering at Sexton

Students at Sexton have very little access to services on their campus. We’re committed to changing that, in the Loaded Ladle way, by providing student-run food services.

This past year, we partnered with DSUSO to provide continental breakfast on Wednesday mornings. We continue to seek volunteers to support increased food service efforts on the Sexton campus.

Contact: info@loadedladle.com or loadedladlesexton@gmail.com.

The Iron Ladle Cooking Competition

The annual Iron Ladle cooking competition swings into action in March.

Each Tuesday of the month, a competing team prepares and serves a Loaded Ladle serving. Those we serve vote on the servings, and we announce the winner at our Annual General Meeting in early April.

If you’d like to compete with your team in the Iron Ladle Competition, contact us at volunteer@loadedladle.com!

Be sure to visit the Ladle every Tuesday during March and to vote on your favourite Iron Ladle team!

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.

Joining the Loaded Ladle Board

The Loaded Ladle Board is involved with logistics and general operations of the cooperative. Board Members make policy and personnel decisions for The Loaded Ladle, and act as the employers of staff.

We elect board members at our Annual General Meeting each Spring.

In order to run for the board of directors you should:

  1. Have volunteered with the Ladle for 3 shifts (or 3 times)
  2. Filled out a board nomination form (you can nominate yourself!) and submitted to the board no later than a week before the AGM
  3. Attend the AGM and find out if you are elected! If you can’t make the date of the AGM, you can still be elected to the board.

Want to know more? Contact us for more info! We will elect the 2020-2021 Board in April, 2020 and will post Nomination Forms at that time.

Check out this video our adorbs 2013/2014 board of directors made!