Love to Cook? Volunteer at Thelma’s Kitchen

Enjoy cooking? Want to help Kansas City communities?

Then come volunteer at Thelma’s Kitchen!

Kansas City’s first donate-what-you-can café, Thelma’s Kitchen is located downtown at 31st and Troost Ave. Volunteers can help make healthy, made-from-scratch, comfort foods for the community.

The kitchen is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer shifts are available from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. and last 2-4 hours.


90%of the staff at Thelma’s Kitchen are volunteers.

Thelma’s Kitchen is a gathering place where everyone is welcome. Anyone can drop by and order a meal. The suggested donation for a large plate is $12 and $9 for a small plate.

Popular dishes from the menu include: Fried Pork Tenderloin, Sausage & Peppers, Famous Potato Cheddar Soup and Spring Berry Salad.


Volunteering during Covid-19

And don’t worry, they’ve taken precautions to ensure the health and safety of guests and volunteers: 

  • Volunteers will need to complete a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken when they arrive.

  • The cafe and kitchen was closed in June for a deep clean.

  • Staff, volunteers, and clients are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building.

  • A hand washing station is available for guests outside the front door and ample hand sanitizer is available in the cafe.

  • There is limited seating available and every table and chair will be cleaned after each guest leaves.

  • To-go meals are currently available at the counter and there will soon be a to-go window for curbside pickup.

Ready to sign up to volunteer? Schedule your first shift!

About Thelma’s Kitchen

Started by Thelma “Matushka Michaila” and her husband, Father Alexii Altschul, Thelma’s Kitchen began thirty years ago to feed hungry neighbors. Today, it’s a healthy communities initiative of Reconciliation Services, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place, revealing the strength of all.

To learn more on how you can get involve, contact Angela Dickson 816-931-4751 (ext. 106) or [email protected].

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