Good Food in Action: Volunteer Wellness Chef – United Friends of Children – Whittier, CA

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: United Friends of the Children

Volunteer Opportunity: Wellness Chef

Location: Whittier, CA

Start Date: June 2011

Time Commitment: One Tuesday per month, approximately 4-8 pm

Organization Overview:

United Friends of the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through our programs, advocacy efforts, and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change.

Volunteer Overview:

Volunteers with a culinary background or interest are needed to prepare meals for United Friends of the Children’s Pathways residents living in transitional housing sites in Whittier. Volunteer Wellness Chefs will be asked to make a monthly commitment (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Tuesday), shop for supplies, and prepare a nutritious dinner for 25-30 foster youth and program staff on Tuesday evenings, as part of the Life Skills seminars. To educate our youth on nutritious meals, Chefs will be asked to a share recipe and make a short (5 minute) presentation from the prepared meal.

The Wellness Chefs will have access to the Pathways edible garden (located at the Whittier site), and receive the opportunity to participate in our annual Cultivate LA fundraiser. Cultivate LA brings together the finest Los Angeles restaurants, specialty food vendors, and wine makers from throughout California at one of LA’s most scenic private estates. This year’s event will celebrate the food diversity of Los Angeles, with a focus on street food culture. The Wellness Chef position will work with Pathways youth on having a booth at the event, and preparing a creative dish to serve guests. Volunteers will receive two free tickets to attend the event (a $350 value).

To Apply:  Karine Kadyan, Volunteer Coordinator, karine@unitedfriend.org, 213.975.1408 to sign up for an orientation and interview.

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