You can check out the volunteer sign-up to see what help is needed, and e-mail volunteer@loadedladle.com if you want to be involved but don’t know where to start!

Volunteering for Food Servings in the SUB kitchen:

Our Food Servings Program in the SUB kitchen runs in the Fall and Winter Semester. We will have 3 volunteers in the kitchen at a time until Phase 5 of NS’ reopening plan. You can sign up for a block in the morning (9:30AM-12:00PM) or in the afternoon (12:00PM-2:30PM) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You can also sign up for our prep parties on Mondays from 4:00pm-6:30pm.

To get started, please attend a safety orientation! We do them once or twice a month. You can fill out our google form to sign up or e-mail volunteer@loadedladle.com.

Volunteers typically cut potatoes, carrots, onions, etc. You might be making cake batter, or preparing salads. Around lunchtime, you might be in charge of handing out food boxes to people over the counter. At the end of the day, we clean our kitchen thoroughly!

Sign up on this google sheet for volunteer shifts and first-time orientation sessions!

Virtual Volunteering! 

We can use your help on all kinds of projects! Your ideas and questions are more than welcome: send it all to volunteer@loadedladle.com.

Submit recipes to us! 

Length of task: 20 minutes

We are always looking for new recipes whether that be for our programs, like the Supper Club and the Food Box Program, or our Tuesday-Friday servings. 

Please message volunteer@loadedladle.com. We want our food to be informed by our community! 

Submit Zines to us!

Length of task: 60+min

We are looking for zines regarding food justice, cooking tips, recipes, food imperialism – anything you are interested in, especially if there is an emphasis on the student context. See below for some examples of previous zines: 


Send your finished zine to volunteer@loadedladle.com

Why? We’re building a library of zines and resources to educate students about food, and we think you have the best ideas, research, and experiences to create it! 

Art For Our Website

Length of task: 20+ min

We are looking for doodles and drawings to feature on our website, specifically, on our About page, Volunteering page, Join the Board page, Jobs, and Workshops+. 

Doodles and drawings should be in black and white so that we can make the backgrounds transparent (the final image will be black against our yellow background, like our logo and site design). Solid blacks (like the kind you would get from screenprinting) will show up the best! Please remember that images will be viewed on mobile phones, so small details may not translate as well.

Suggestions of images (feel free to come up with your own): ladles, pots of food, plates of food, beets, carrots, beans, aprons, baseball hats, our dishwasher, spoons, forks, and of course, people cooking together or eating together. 

Apply by e-mailing volunteer@loadedladle.com

Why? Collaborative art, zines, screenprints, etc have always been ways we show our grassroots and our community-oriented personality. We want our website to communicate that same feeling to our volunteers and visitors – to help people get to know us before they even meet us. 

Share foraging, gardening, medicinal plants, etc with us!

As a part of our summer programming, we want to share knowledge on all things food, medicine and gardening! If you have something to share you can:

  • Co-host our Tuesday gardening check-in sessions with us over Instagram,
  • Create a demonstrative video, audio-clip, Instagram posts (e.g. a 10 minute video of you on a foraging walk), or
  • Create a zine!

Apply by e-mailing volunteer@loadedladle.com

Other ways to get involved

  • Join the Board! We need board members to help us with logistics and big decisions for the Ladle. Board members guide our policy and make personnel decisions. It’s totally fine if you’ve never done this kind of work before, too!
  • We need drivers! We are looking for drivers to help with delivering garden packs for our garden project & food boxes from the Historic Farmer’s Market! We can offer compensation for mileage! Only limited to those in the HRM!

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.

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