Meal Packing

Our kitchen and packing area is the Grand Central of Open Hand. As you would imagine, with nearly 5,000 meals to prepare, package and deliver every day, the atmosphere is electric. But it’s not all work — the music is always on, and the friendly banter among new friends never ceases. It all makes for a very memorable and rewarding experience.

Packing involves portioning food into individual containers and snack bags on our packing assembly line. This is a great project for individuals and families, and a great team-building exercise for school, business and church groups!

COVID-19 Requirement: All volunteers who assist in packing meals MUST have a COVID-19 vaccination. Your vaccination card can be downloaded to your VolunteerHub account, emailed to volunteer services at, or it can be shown at the time of your check-in.

Age and Chaperone Requirements: Minors participating in Meal Packing must be at least 16 years old. Minors participating in Market Basket Assembly must be at least 9 years old. Every minor under the age of 18 MUST bring along a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Parents will need to make accounts for each child under 18 years old and sign the minor waiver electronically in the sign up process. >> Click here to create an account.

Safety First: For the safety of our clients and our volunteers, the dress and health codes will be strictly enforced.

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