Packaging FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to pay to package meals?

Donations are not required at our open packaging events but encouraged as we have to purchase all of our ingredients. You may donate online, or you may donate during a packaging shift using debit/credit cards, cash or check.

2. May I bring children?

Children as young as five-years-old are welcome to package. If you are bringing groups of children, the following child-to-adult ratio is required:

Grades K-3 2 students to 1 adult
Grades 4-8 4 students to 1 adult
Grades 9-12 9 students to 1 adult

3. How should I dress?

Wear casual and comfortable shoes as you may get dusty, and you will be standing on a concrete floor. We recommend you leave your purse, backpack, jewelry and beverage in the car. You will receive a hairnet and beard net (if needed) at the packaging center. Only people scooping the ingredients will need gloves.

4. May I sign up as a group?

Yes, groups are welcome to package. When you register, just add a “Team Name” and change the “Quantity” to the number of volunteers in your group. If your group size decreases, please contact us as soon as possible as we often have a waiting list to package.

5. May I bring my service animal?

Yes, however as we are a food packaging organization, it is our policy that no service animal be allowed in any area where ingredients are being packaged.  Service animals will be allowed in common areas where labeling or box making duties generally take place.  View Service Animal Policy for our written policy.