Since 1979, volunteers have been integral to the mission of Jubilee Soup Kitchen and a vital part of the community that includes staff, guests, and other volunteers. Guests come for food. Jubilee is committed to providing respect, hospitality, and welcoming space where their spirits can grow. We encourage our volunteers to extend themselves to our guests in whatever ways they are comfortable.
Most volunteers help for the entire time, but there is flexibility. Volunteers might:
Prepare some of the food
Serve the noon-day hot meal
Help staff in cleaning up and washing dishes
Work in our Community Garden
Help in our Clothing Room
A: The kitchen is located at 2005 Wyandotte St. off of 5th Avenue in the lower hill district, the midpoint between Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh.
A: Yes, you can park your car near the kitchen but not in the John Heinz Child Development Center lot on the weekdays.
A: Dress is casual.
All volunteers are welcome from the age of 13 and up.
A: Please don’t bring anything valuable into the kitchen. Personal belonging should be kept inthe trunk of your car or at home.
There are usually about 150 to 200 men and women served at the lunch hour. Most of themare homeless.
A: We offer a simple breakfast (coffee and rolls) at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. until12:30 p.m. Volunteers should arrive around 9:00 am to 9:30 am to help set up and prepare thefood. Take-outs start at 12:30 p.m.
A: The men and women at the kitchen are always graciously appreciative of our help no matterwhat is served and some have big appetites. A meat entrée, perhaps potato or pasta, a vegetableand salad, bread and butter and of course dessert can be included in the meal. There doesn’t seemto be a formula for how much should be prepared. “Suggested” serving sizes aren’t alwaystrustworthy.
A: YES. Jubilee Kitchen does accept court-ordered community service hours only on weekdays but not on weekends. However, we do accept community service hours towards schooling or extra-curricular activities seven days a week.
A: NO. If a volunteer is in need of help, please see the program director.
A: Single volunteers on weekdays must call ahead to reserve a day. On the weekend’s single volunteers are welcome, but need to call ahead to make sure we are not at our limit for volunteers on that day. We schedule groups of no more than six people and arrangements need to be made ahead of time.
A: A: For more information call (412) 261-5417 to get things started or to ask any questions that didn’tmake this list. Call in from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday