Share your smile and enthusiasm with more than 40 veterans who reside at Merle’s Place, an onsite shelter at Interfaith’s Escondido headquarters. Our Nutrition Center provides three meals a day to these individuals as they work towards self-sufficiency. By helping our chefs prepare and serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will provide the residents with nutritious meals that will support them throughout the day as they work towards personal goals related to employment, housing, and life skills.

Staff Supervisor: Jerry Morgan, Director of Food and Basic Needs

Time Commitment: 

  • This is an on-going commitment; you may sign up for one or more shifts per month
  • Current openings:
    • Sunday breakfast shift (weekly, 3 to 4 people), 5:00-7:45am
    • Sunday dinner shift (monthly, 4th Sunday), 4-6:30PM
    • Friday dinner shift (monthly, 3rd Friday), 3:30-6:30PM

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist cooks with meal planning and food preparation
  • Prepare ingredients by washing and chopping
  • Pre-cook food items, if necessary
  • Inspect food for quality
  • Serve food
  • Package all foods into conveniently located containers
  • Clean up work area

 Training and Support:

  • General orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services
  • Continued contact with a supervising staff member to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have
  • Detailed instruction and continued supervision provided by chef


  • Experience cooking/preparing food a plus!
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse population

Screening Requirements:

  • Food Handler Card
  • TB test


  • Résumé building experience
  • Interaction with a diverse population
  • See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Contact Micki Hickox, Volunteer Coordinator, to apply.