dinner service volunteers

Shelter Dinner Preparations Resume at Mountain View SHELTER, Inc.

Easier than ever to make a difference. Cook & Serve dinner for Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter

SHELTER, Inc. received a generous grant to pay for food and supplies at its Martinez Shelter, and provides everything you need to cook and serve a meal! When you sign up, you can choose the meal you’d like to prepare, and the supplies will be waiting. By preparing a meal, you’re providing a family dining experience while ensuring no one goes hungry.

Capacity: Due to current Health Department restrictions, a maximum of four volunteers, over the age of 13, are allowed to prepare and serve meals.

Time: Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Volunteers can arrive as early as 4:00 pm to begin meal preparation. Volunteers will be screened upon entry for exposure to COVID-19 and temperatures will be taken and logged.

Family Quantity/Ages: 11 adults, 4 school age children and 3 younger kids.

Preparing Dinner:  Food may not be prepared offsite in home/unlicensed kitchens and brought to the shelter to serve. This violates Health Department food handling codes, and is why we have a commercially licensed kitchen. Food handling and CDC guidelines must be strictly followed.

  • Wash hands before serving and preparation of food.
  • Use mask and gloves when handling food at all times.
  • Wear a hair restraint when working in food serving/preparation area.
  • When you taste food, do not put the utensil back into the food.
  • Cover food and utensils when not in use.

Social Distancing: Unfortunately, volunteers may not sit with families and partake in the meal at this time.

Clean-Up: Please clean-up after meal–dishes and/or disposing of trash. Store and label any left-over food which is used for lunch the following day.

Sign Up for a Date/Time that works for you at:


Questions or for a list of current needs: Contact shelter supervisor Kathryn Ross at 925-354-6114 or kathryn.ross@shelterinc.org

Mt. View Family Shelter
1391 Shell Ave., Martinez, CA 94553