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How to volunteer at soup kitchens

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are looking for a way to make a difference and help those in need, volunteering at a soup kitchen is a great way to spend your free time. Soup kitchens are also called bread lines. Most homeless shelters are soup kitchens, serving a free hot meal to those who need it.

Browse through your local phone book to find homeless shelters near you.

If you don't have a phone book, do an Internet search.

Once you've located homeless shelters in your area, call each shelter to see when they serve meals to the homeless and if they need volunteers. Make a list to determine which opportunities will fit into your schedule.

Contact the volunteer coordinator to arrange for your first volunteer stint.

Arrive at the designated location early so that you can receive your instructions and meet the other volunteers.

Man your assigned station and serve food to those who pass by.

Smile! You're making a big difference in the life of someone who needs it.

Tip

Soup kitchens need help all year long. If serving isn't for you, see if there are other ways you can assist, such as mingling and talking with the diners.

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