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.
  • Host 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: Please click here to sign up as a volunteer.

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.

Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting surplus food from farms, gardens, and orchards. Instead of letting perfectly good produce go to waste, we rescue it and distribute it to those in need.

Why Volunteer with Our Gleaning Program?

Flexible Hours: We understand busy schedules. You can choose shifts that work for you.

Connect with Local Farms: Join us in collaborating with farmers and food producers across Cheshire County.

Variety of Tasks: Whether it’s picking fresh produce, loading boxes, or organizing gleaning events, there’s something for everyone.



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.


At The Community Kitchen, we value your time and commitment. Our special events are made possible by dedicated volunteers like you. Whether you have a few hours to spare or want to dive into event planning, there’s a role for everyone:

Creative Minds: Help conceptualize and organize community events, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns.

Collaboration: Work closely with fellow volunteers and staff to bring our events to life.

Collecting Contributions: Assist in gathering donations to support our events.

Fundraising Support: Encourage attendees to contribute to our cause.

Hospitality Skills: If you enjoy making people feel welcome, this role is perfect for you.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Your support makes a difference in our community. To get started, please click here to sign up as a volunteer.

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

CLICK HERE  to sign up today!