New York: Meatloaf Kitchen

Sponsoring Yale Group: 
Yale Alumni Association of New York City
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8:00am to 12:00pm
Cardinal Spellman Center See map
137 East 2nd Street
New York, NY

No special skills are required for volunteering except for the ability to take direction, work hard, and be kind and respectful to our guests and fellow volunteers. Volunteers should be prepared for manual labor, so wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and clothes appropriate for serving meals in a restaurant setting. No tank tops, please. All volunteers must cover their hair as mandated by the NYC Health Department, so consider wearing a baseball cap or other head cover. If not, a hair net will be provided to you. Personal belongings can be stored in a locked closet but, to be safe, it is best to leave valuables at home.

Minimum age for volunteering is 15 and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.


We serve a wholesome, freshly made meal each Saturday – one that we are happy to eat ourselves – in a respectful atmosphere to anyone who comes through our doors, no questions asked. We provide a welcoming place of respite for our guests and offer vital social services to those in need. We do this with an all-volunteer staff, without a single employee.

For the morning shift, duties include helping to prepare the meal, setting up the room, and serving a breakfast of pastries, coffee and fruit to our early arriving guests. When you arrive, you will be assigned a task to work alongside one of our many experienced volunteers who will provide directions and answer any questions.

Site Coordinator: 

Julie Sohn ‘14 BA