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Frequently Asked Questions
When can my group prepare a meal?
Groups are welcome to prepare meals on weekdays (breakfast and dinner) and weekends (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for residents of our LifeChange program eating at the Louisville campus. Meal times are 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, 12 p.m. for lunch, and 6 p.m. for dinner.
Groups that would like to prepare lunch on a weekday may do so for residents of our LifeChange program working at Thrift 'n' Thrive. Click here for more information.
How many people will we be feeding?
Please plan to feed anyone from your group who'd like to eat with the residents, plus:
- Weekday Breakfasts: 15-20 people
- Weekday Dinners: 30-35 people
- All Weekend Meals: 30-35 people
The actual number of residents may be less depending on a given day's occupancy rate and our residents' work schedules. We are not able to provide headcounts in advance, however please rest assured that leftovers never go to waste.
Can we eat with the residents?
Yes! In fact, we encourage volunteer groups to eat with the residents, but it is certainly not required. If you choose to stay for the meal, please be sensitive to our residents' privacy and do not ask questions about their life story. Instead, we encourage you to talk about "regular life" topics just like you would with a new friend. This can include hobbies, sports, movies, music, books, food, popular culture, current events, hometowns, etc.
Who will provide the ingredients?
It's a great blessing to us that volunteers are willing to provide the ingredients for the meal. Plus, we've found this to make menu planning significantly easier for your group. We recommend group members pitch in on purchasing the ingredients or take responsibility for different components of the meal.
When and where will we prepare the meal?
We have two convenient options:
Prepare Ahead: Prepare the meal ahead of time at the location of your choosing and bring it to the Mission ready (or nearly ready) to serve. If you choose this option and are serving breakfast or lunch, you can arrive as close to meal time as you'd like. If you are serving dinner, please arrive by 5:30 p.m. so as not to conflict with the chapel service that takes place before dinner.
Prepare at the Mission: Prepare part or all of the meal in our full, commercial kitchen with ingredients you've brought with you. If you choose this option, you can arrive as early as you need to prepare the meal.
What kind of food should we prepare?
We encourage you to put together a meal that's hearty and filling, but also healthy and balanced. We particularly encourage the use of lots of fresh produce and whole grains. You may also provide dessert and/or non-alcoholic beverages like tea and lemonade, however that's not required. You do not need to bring disposable plates, utensils, or cups unless you would like to donate some to the Mission.
Are there any restrictions on the age of volunteers?
There is no restriction on the age of volunteers. However, kitchens can be dangerous so all volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times. At least one adult must be present for every six minors.
How many people can we bring to volunteer?
Due to the size of our kitchen, meal groups should not exceed 10-15 people. If your group is larger than that, please consider signing up for more than one meal so that everyone can participate and have a positive experience.
Where can our volunteers park?
Free parking is available in the lot behind our Louisville campus. This lot is monitored 24/7 by security cameras and is accessible from a driveway just to the left of our building. If our parking lot is full, please do not double park. Instead, we ask that you utilize the free street parking in front of our building. This area also is monitored 24/7 by security cameras.
Will anyone from Louisville Rescue Mission be there to help us?
Yes, a staff member or an after-hours supervisor is always present at the Mission. When you arrive, please come around to the back of the building and look for a short stairwell leading down to our kitchen entrance. Ring the doorbell and our after-hours supervisor will welcome you into the building, acclimate you to the kitchen, and be available to answer any questions you have while you're here.