Volunteering

Midnight Kitchen is a worker and volunteer-run initiative and couldn’t function without the help of our awesome volunteers! 

During the school year, the Midnight Kitchen’s main and largest project is cooking, serving and cleaning for the daily vegan lunches served Monday to Thursday  (at 12:30 pm but for which the whole process takes part from 9:30 am – 3 pm) in the Shatner Building (room 302). You can come help out at any time during the process or see below to learn how to sign up for a shift. If you intend dropping by, read our volunteer manual in advance to get a head start! We’re always in need of more volunteers to help cook for Solidarity Servings and to be part of the Midnight Kitchen’s collective and committees. Below you’ll find descriptions of all the diverse ways that you can participate.

During the summer, we have regularly scheduled solidarity servings, a garden, a food bank and other projects! Get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

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DAILY SERVINGS (Monday to Thursday in room 304 of the William Shatner University Centre)

To sign up for a shift in the volunteer schedule, you must come into the kitchen and write your name (please leave space for others) in dry eraser marker in the preferred time slot (see below to learn about the time slots) of the volunteer schedule.

Be mindful, if you do not (plan to) show up for a while (like, 1 month), come erase your name (or ask another volunteer or contact us to do so). Names will all be erased at the end of each semester.

Do not ask us to sign you up. For questions, comments or concerns, you can contact us at midnightkitchencollective[at]gmail.com.

Cooking Shifts (9:30 am-10:30 am/10:30 am-11:30 am/11:30 am-12:30 am) 

Involves chopping, washing, frying, boiling, stirring, peeling, and baking, as well as setting up the serving space and doing some cleaning. The day’s menu will be dependant on what’s available from the week’s donation. The morning’s coordinator will set the menu, but are open to suggestions from volunteers! If you don’t have experience with vegan cooking, don’t worry, all levels of experience are welcome. Just ask the cooking coordinator for guidance and help. Bring mixed cds and tapes, recipes, and don’t forget to wear a hat and an apron.

Serving Shift (12:15 pm- 1:15 pm)

Involves setting up the serving space, carrying the food, getting the dishwashing station ready, writing the day’s menu, setting up the donation jar, and making serving announcements. When serving the meal, try to make the portions go a long way so there will be enough for everyone. People can come back for seconds after 1 pm, but we prioritize firsts. At the end of the serving, bring back the pots etc. and refrigerate any leftovers. If you have any questions about portions etc, the serving coordinator will also be there.

Cleaning Shift (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Involves cleaning pots, pans, ovens, range-top surfaces, counters, sinks and sweeping as well as mopping the floor. If you get satisfaction out of seeing things in order this is the shift for you. It is also one of our most important and undervalued tasks, as a clean kitchen is so necessary in keeping the health and safety of our kitchen. As such, our cleaners are the most cherished members of MK!

SOLIDARITY SERVINGS (Dates and times vary) 

Another project of Midnight Kitchen is to provide food to political and community-based events that are in keeping with our political mandate. These servings are also a large part of what we do and we always need volunteers to chip in! The bulk of the work is cooking and cleaning. Since solidarity servings are more irregular than our daily servings, they’re a perfect way for people to get involved that are busy bees during weekdays.

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THE COLLECTIVE 

The Midnight Kitchen collective is a non-hierachical body composed of staff and volunteers that discusses and decides on everything from day-to-day logistics to longer-term plans and visions. We each coordinate one shift a week, attend biweekly collective meetings and sit on a committee. We equally value the diverse ideas, skills and experiences of old as well as new members and are always looking for more people to sit on the collective. You’ll be able to gain skills around consensus decision-making, learn about radical social and environmental politics, and take part in visioning the future direction of Midnight Kitchen! Although the biggest time commitment, it is the most rewarding and a great way to launch projects that fit within MK’s mandate. Please contact us at midnightkitchencollective[at]gmail.com for more details

OUTREACH COMMITTEE 

This committee is responsible for networking with various social justice groups and organizations on and around the city. This is the perfect way to get to know Montreal’s off-campus activist communities and radical organizing by creating sustainable links and collaborative initiatives. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about rad politics, create/facilitate workshops, plan events, make newsletters, and brainstorm awesome ways to weave Midnight Kitchen’s political mandate into all the work that we do. E-mail the outreach coordinator at midnightkitchencollective[at]gmail.com (ATTN: OUTREACH COMMITTEE in the subject line).

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