Become a Volunteer!

Are you a passionate and talented person who wants to make a difference with your time?  Are you willing to be inclusive, compassionate and reliable? Our volunteers are staff. You are the life-blood of Teen Feed. Nightly Advocates serve as mentors and community ambassadors for our team. The first step to becoming a volunteer at Teen Feed is our Volunteer Orientation (currently remote).

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT:  Preliminary New Volunteer orientation and trainings are online DUE TO WA STATE and CDC COVID RESTRICTIONS. Advocate, Outreach, and Kitchen Lead volunteer positions require in-person shadow training shifts using safe COVID protocols. Those who are already trained, please continue to join us nightly.

For current volunteer opportunities providing food and outreach support for our young people, please refer to Teen Feed Volunteer Opportunities – Current May 2021, or email Jordan Van Hoozer at

Teen Feed Volunteer /Intern Orientation
*Due to COVID-19, Ally applications are currently paused. Please check back here for updates. 

*Basic volunteer training is required for all Advocates and Allies within the first two months of service, and suggested for ALL volunteers. These trainings are not given by Teen Feed, but by partnerships within our community. These include: The Ropes, Anti-Oppression, and Conflict De-escalation. *Due to COVID-19, in-person volunteer trainings are currently paused; all are currently done remotely at this time. 
Current Volunteer Opportunities: *subject to available spots
  • Advocate Volunteers (over 18)*
  • Outreach Volunteers (over 18)*
  • Kitchen Support/Dinner Volunteers (over 18 or over 15 with chaperone) *
  • Skill-based administrative, office and technology Volunteers
  • Meal Team Volunteers*
  • Service learning students (University and Social Clubs) Special Projects Leads (updated 1/4/21): Salesforce Admins, WordPress Programmers, Graphic Artists, Data Entry Ambassadors, Google Metrics Geeks, fund Prospectors.
  • Ally Volunteers (under 18) * [Currently paused due to COVID-19]
  • Day of Caring Volunteers [Currently paused due to COVID-19]
(1) Advocate Volunteers (over 18):

Advocate volunteers are responsible adults over 18 years of age, who provide consistency and relationship during the Teen Feed meal 6-8:30pm (Saturdays 6-8pm). Advocate volunteers are present at tables building connections with youth, support coordination staff and community partners. They build resiliency with our youth and provide a “family” of care. Advocate volunteers receive special training, shadow time and will be assigned an experienced Advocate volunteer mentor. Advocates who identify as male, our friends of color and members of the LGBTQA+ communities are encouraged to apply.

Two hours, one day a week for a minimum of six months of service – one year strongly preferred. Requirements include a completed Volunteer Training, Advocate Application, Healthy Boundaries Document, and Washington State Background Check Request Form. Free additional training is provided. For more information, please reach out to

(2) Backpack Outreach Volunteers (over 18): 

Join Teen Feed’s backpack outreach teams in meeting youth outside in streets, alleys, and parks in Seattle’s University District. Outreach teams distribute basic needs, nutritious snacks, and connections to area resources. Outreach volunteer opportunities are available during the day on weekdays and weekends. Those with skills in medical, social work and nursing encouraged to join, all are welcome. Flexible scheduling – perfect for those with varying schedules or daytime availability. Training provided, must be 18+. 


Two hours, one day a week for a minimum of six months of service – one year strongly preferred. Requirements include a completed Volunteer Training, Outreach Application, Healthy Boundaries Document, and Washington State Background Check Request Form. Free additional training is provided. For more information, please reach out to

(3) Dinner Volunteer/Kitchen Support (over 15): 

Cook and package mobile meals in our kitchens for the Teen Feed dinner program. Come by yourself, mobilize your own teams, or bring your family members. Opportunities are available on an ongoing basis from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (6 – 8 pm on Saturdays) in the University District. No commitment, experience, or orientation necessary, training is provided on – site. *Minimum age of 15, all volunteers aged 15 – 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kitchen teams are limited to 4 – 5 people max to allow for safe space usage. 

*If interested in being a Kitchen Support/Dinner Volunteer, please email to be added to the Kitchen Support Volunteer List and receive opportunities to signup on Teen Feed’s Signup Genius.

(4) Ambassadors. Interns. Volunteer Your Skills and Talents:

Special Talents, Volunteers and Interns, or Custom Projects:
Yes we can! From social media, to office work to joining the STOP Outreach backpack teams (civilians, doctors, nurses and case-workers), sharing vital trainings (financial planning, time management) if you have a special skill set to share that doesn’t fit any of these above descriptions we’re always looking for more creative ways for our neighbors and community to be involved. Email the Teen Feed team at and let us know! You can start here with the Special Project Ambassador Application and Healthy Boundaries Document.

(5) Meal Team Volunteers:

*Due to COVID-19, Teen Feed has switch to a to-go dinner model. At this time, meal teams are asked to cook at home and drop food off, or cook in the Teen Feed kitchen with a reduced meal team of maximum 4 volunteers.

Meal teams consist of five to 15 people aged 10 years and older, who provide and serve a hot, nutritious meals to youth at the Teen Meal Program. Meal Team Members provide food, prepare, and serve the meals, and clean the kitchen. Meal service is available in the University District (seven days a week).Teen Feed serves 40 youth each night in the University District and packages 30 meals for our local neighbors at the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. Meal cost averages range from $150 to $250. Corporate groups looking for team-building activities and social or civic groups make great meal teams!

Meal Team participation, on a one-time or recurring basis is subject to availability. Requirements include a completed Volunteer Training (Meal Team lead only), Healthy Boundaries Document and Meal Team Application, and a WA State Food handlers permit for Meal Team Leads and backups. We suggest but don’t require for everyone on your team to have a food handlers permit, but the Lead and Co-lead need one. For more information, please reach out to

*Volunteer Positions Currently Paused due to COVID-19: 

(6) Ally Volunteers (ages 18 & under): *Currently paused due to COVID-19

The Ally volunteer position is ideal for middle or high school students or any person who is 15-18 years of age who wants to provide assistance at a Teen Feed meal. The Ally volunteer assists with organization, set-up, and break-down of the basic needs closet, guest registration, or helps the food team with meal preparation, serving, and clean-up. Ally volunteers can serve individually with guardian consent, with a fellow Ally, or with a parent. Ages 15-17 are encouraged to bring a parent or guardian for orientation.

Two hours, one day a week. Minimum of six months of service. Requirements include a Volunteer Training (currently remote), Healthy Boundaries Document,  and a completed Ally Application. For more information, please reach out to

(7) Day of Caring: *Currently paused due to COVID-19
Help keep our meal team sites sparkling clean for our meal teams and Teen Feed guests. Great for large group of volunteers, corporate groups and short term service projects! To learn more, please reach us at  You’ll need this Healthy Boundaries Document for your participants.