Volunteer for the Thanksgiving Outreach

Volunteers

Thank you so much for you interest in Feeding the 5000: Thanksgiving Outreach!
We are very excited to have you on our Volunteer Team.
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Sunday

On Sunday, we begin the challenge of cooking a few hundred turkeys; we’ll need some help with that until Wednesday. All of the turkeys will be cooked in the kitchens at Lamb of God Church.
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Monday-Tuesday

Beginning Monday afternoon, volunteers come to pull the meat off the turkeys and package them in individual- and family-size portions. This is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities for families and groups. You’ll often find various youth groups and Boy/Girl Scout troops huddling over tables to weigh pieces of turkey.
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Wednesday

On Wednesday, we’ll start cooking the rest of the fixings that make Thanksgiving Dinner so delicious. Then, Wednesday afternoon/evening, we’ll package trays for families that have the ability to reheat their meals at home and put them in the freezer truck for the drivers on Thursday morning.
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Thursday

Bright and early on Thursday morning, hundreds of volunteers join together to package hot meals and deliver them to thousands of families across 5 counties in Southwest Florida.

Scroll down to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities we have or register below.

More than 8-10 volunteers?

Are you a youth group or Girl/Boy Scout troop interested in helping with the Thanksgiving Outreach? To register your entire group, use our Group Volunteer Registration Form. (You will need an estimate number of volunteers at signup)
We will accommodate Drivers who pre-register for a route. Routes are not guaranteed, but Drivers who sign up will get preference.

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address entered above that summarizes this information.
After you register, you’ll be redirected to a page that outlines what you can expect during this year’s event.

Volunteer Opportunities

Turkey Pullers

Turkey Pullers are responsible for pulling turkeys from Monday to Wednesday afternoon.

Kitchen Help

Kitchen Help is responsible for preparing all the fixings that make Thanksgiving Dinner delicious. In order to feed over 5000 people, we cook for the four days prior to Thanksgiving. If you have a love of cooking and you don’t mind hanging out in a hot kitchen, then this is the job for you.

Drivers

Drivers will meet at the church on Thursday morning to collect their “routes.” They need to gather all the food necessary for those stops and deliver the food to the people in need. This can be one of the most fulfilling jobs in the process, and don’t worry, written driving directions are provided.

Servers

Servers are responsible for dishing up the fixings into the delivery trays. They will also re-filling the trays when the fixings run out.

Bread/Dessert Packers

We often get breads and desserts donated from area restaurants and stores. They generously donate the items that don’t sell after closing time on Wednesday, and we need some help sorting and organizing these last-minute deliveries at LOG.

Runners

The process of managing over 400 volunteers and feeding over 5000 people is a hectic one. At times, the people stationed at each area may need you to find someone to ask questions. Since the people that are stationed in each area really can’t leave those areas, it is up to the runners to get the answers.

Clean Up

Once the meals are done and everyone is gone, the clean up begins. We need to clean up the kitchen and the sanctuary. Heavy lifting is required for this position.

Car Buddies

Car Buddies will be the main escorts to help drivers fill their orders and load their cars. To be a car buddy, you need to be able to lift and carry meals, and be friendly, outgoing, and detail-oriented. It will be up to you to make sure that each driver has everything that they need to make their deliveries.

Traffic Control

Traffic control volunteers will be helping to direct both the people inside and the vehicles in the parking lot. We will need some volunteers at the welcome table to help sign people in and tell them where to go next. We’ll need some in the main room to help rally the troops, and we’ll need some outside directing traffic in the parking lot.

Phone Staff

The phone staff will be stationed in the Church Office, away from the hustle and bustle of food preparation. You will be on standby to answer the phone and give directions to any drivers that may call you. Decision making and technological skills are needed for this position.