The staff and volunteers of The Community Kitchen work every day in this vital service to help people facing food insecurity – not getting enough to eat.

The Community Kitchen could use more volunteers, whether it is an individual, a group of neighbors or members of an organization. We truly are thankful for every person who volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

The Community Kitchen has been serving the Monadnock Region for 40 years. It’s a monumental task that involves coordinating with staff, volunteers and food suppliers. There is a heavy demand for their services – at least one in ten people in Cheshire County go hungry every day.

Join our force of Volunteers

At The Community Kitchen, our vibrant community of dedicated volunteers is the heartbeat of our mission. We warmly welcome new volunteers to join us in making a positive impact.

Scheduling Information: While we’re fortunate to have an abundance of committed volunteers, scheduling may take a little time due to high demand. If you call and we’re unable to slot you right away, please don’t be discouraged; we typically book at least a month ahead.

Your Impact Matters: Take a moment to consider the impact on your neighbors. While many of us may take food and daily necessities for granted, for some, it’s not that simple. By volunteering, you demonstrate how much you care, and there’s no better time to start than now.

Every Contribution Counts: Whatever you can give, big or small, we genuinely appreciate your efforts. Volunteering has the power to change lives, and after witnessing the operations at The Community Kitchen, we’re confident you’ll agree.

Ways to Get Involved:

  • Join Our Board or a Committee: Explore leadership opportunities by becoming a part of our working board or contributing to the success of our committees.
  • Make a Donation: Every contribution goes a long way in supporting our mission.
  • Join a Food Drive: Participate in our efforts to collect essential items for those in need.
  • Deliver Food Boxes: Help distribute vital supplies to individuals and families.
  • Volunteer Your Time: Whether you’re an individual, part of a family, work group, or civic organization, we encourage you to reserve time and be a part of making a difference.

How to Get Started: To learn more, schedule volunteer time, or arrange an informational tour of our facility, please call (603) 352-3200. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

Thank you for considering joining us in our mission to make a positive impact in the community!



Make a Difference with Every Box!

At The Community Kitchen, our Pantry Program is a lifeline for many in our community. We’re calling on compassionate individuals like you to join our team and contribute to this essential service.

Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday Pantry
Shifts: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Roles: Prepare produce, bread, and grocery bags during the drive-thru pantry.

Thursday Walk-Thru Pantry
Roles: Hand out produce, bread, groceries, or meat to walk-thru guests.
Shifts: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Thursday Deliveries
Roles: Deliver groceries to individuals unable to pick up their own. Requires lifting up to 40 lbs and the ability to climb stairs.


Serve Hope, Warm Meals, and Smiles

Join our Hot Meals team and be a part of serving warm meals and companionship to those who need it most. Your time and energy can make a significant impact on someone’s day.

Volunteer Opportunities

Weekday Food Prep
Roles: Under the direction of the Hot Meals Manager, help stage and serve the evening meal.
Shifts: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Weekday Serving/Clean-Up
Roles: Help stage and serve the evening meal. Assist with clean-up after the meal.
Shift: 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Sunday Serving/Clean-Up
Roles: Help stage and serve the midday meal. Assist with clean-up after the meal.
Shift: 10:30 am – 12:45 pm.

Ready to lend a helping hand?
Sign up for a volunteer shift or learn more about our Pantry Program and Hot Meals by
contacting our Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Newell
  or call 603-352-3200

To become a volunteer, please review our to read the Volunteer Guidelines & Application. If you agree with our guidelines, please print the Registration Form and send (or bring) it in to the Kitchen when you have scheduled a time with our Volunteer Coordinator.



 Make a Difference: Join Our Board

Discover Opportunities for Impact

At The Community Kitchen, we’re on a mission to fight hunger and create positive change in the Monadnock region. If you’re passionate about making a meaningful impact, we invite you to consider joining our dynamic team as a board member or committee volunteer.

Available Positions:

Board Members

Join our hands-on “working” board and play a pivotal role shaping the strategic and financial direction of The Community Kitchen. We believe in playing to the strengths of each board member, ensuring a dynamic and effective team. Board members are pivotal in fundraising and networking activities, dedicating an average of three hours a month to this fulfilling volunteer role.

    Ready to be part of the change?

    We encourage you to explore these opportunities. Contact Gina Burke for more information and to express your interest.


    Committee Opportunities: Shape the Future with Us

    At The Community Kitchen, our committees are dynamic teams that play a crucial role in steering our mission to fight hunger and build a stronger community. Joining a committee is an excellent way to contribute your skills and passion towards creating positive change. Explore the opportunities below:


    As a member of the Finance Committee, you will guide strategic and operational decisions vital for our organization’s success. Stay informed about revenue sources, expense needs, and financial accounting for nonprofits. Take on oversight of banking and investment strategy, ensuring the fiscal health of The Community Kitchen. This committee reports directly to the full Board.


    As a member of the Development Committee, you will lead and support our fundraising activities. Engage with local businesses, vendors, corporations, and individuals who share a common value and interest in our mission. Increase our sponsorship base to strengthen our support network.


    The Governance Committee is dedicated to enhancing the quality and future viability of our Board of Directors. Play a key role in presenting a slate of Officers before the annual meeting. This committee’s insights are crucial in shaping the leadership of The Community Kitchen, and it reports directly to the full Board.


    The Program Committee is responsible for evaluating existing programs, overseeing program expansion or development, and facilitating Board conversations about TCK’s programs. Join us in shaping impactful initiatives that align with our mission and community needs.


    The Building Committee plays a vital role in overseeing building and maintenance projects. Contribute by reviewing scope, budget, and priorities based on the larger needs of The Kitchen. Help us maintain a welcoming environment for all those we serve.

    We invite individuals with a passion for community service, a commitment to fighting hunger, and a desire to make a difference to join our committees. Whether you have expertise in finance, governance, development, program evaluation, or building management, your unique skills are valued.

    To express your interest, ask questions, or learn more about committee opportunities, please contact Gina Burke.


    Pantry Hours

    Wednesday Drive-Thru

    12:30 until 5:30 PM

    Thursday Walk-Thru

    11:30 AM until 4:00 PM

    Hot Meals

    Monday through Friday

    5:00 until 6:20 PM

    Sunday Lunch

    11:00 AM until 12:00 PM

    Volunteer Application


    Applicaton Form

    “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”. ~Author Unknown