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Volunteer cooking

The founder of Caring for Friends™, Rita Ungaro-Schiavone, would place a tray on her dinner table and fill it for someone in need as she fed her family.

This belief of feeding your friends as you would your family is the basis of our organization.

Caring for Friends provides meals to homebound seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. In many cases, seven meals are delivered by volunteer visitors who spend quality time visiting with client friends.

We’re able to serve close to 300,000 meals a year thanks to the generosity and dedication of our volunteers. Many volunteers have been cooking with us for over 20 years — join them!

Cook in Our Kitchen

Caring for Friends professional kitchen at 12271 Townsend Road, Philadelphia is looking for groups of 6-12 interested in preparing food with our kitchen manager.

This is a fun group activity! You don’t need previous experience, just the desire to help those in need. Call 215-464-2224 to sign up.

Or Cook in Yours

Caring for Friends provides trays for meals, plastic bags to store them in, and labels. You provide the contents, the food, and time to drop them off at a local food pantry. You can make and donate as many as you’d like — many meals are prepared by caring neighbors in the comfort — and safety — of their homes on a regular basis throughout the year.

You can pick up trays at our NE Philly, or at a pantry/freezer site near you. Find one now!

Get tips to help you prep and freeze meals for client friends

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Find supplies for meal preparation and drop off meals at freezer locations

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Cooking as a group

We also encourage groups to get together to cook. We have participants who invite their neighbors and friends to gather in their home and spend a few hours group cooking for Caring for Friends. We provide packaging materials for the meals, as well as instructions and assistance on how to deliver the food.

Cooking in a group at our Caring Kitchen

Cooking may be done at our commercial kitchen in Philadelphia or onsite at your organization. Corporate groups, religious and community organizations, schools, scouts, and fraternities/sororities cook in groups as service activities and team-building events. For corporations, cooking can be a great team-building activity!

Cooking sessions at our facilities can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on your group’s needs. Groups can either cook food provided by Caring for Friends or provide their own ingredients for the meals they will prepare. They can also bring items pre-cooked.

Get food safety tips to keep in while cooking

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