Volunteer postings

Community Cook (Community Lunch Program) – AccessPoint on Jane

About Access Alliance:

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is a multi-service community agency that works to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic barriers and poverty. The Centre envisions a future in which Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

Volunteer Position Description:

This volunteer position will support Access Alliance’s Community Lunch Program. The successful candidate will provide support in the set-up, cooking and clean-up duties in the kitchen. They will help serve nutritious meals to community members while simultaneously helping to combat food insecurity in the Jane and Woolner neighbourhood.

Furthermore, the Community Cook has the opportunity to coordinate the menu (within a set budget) for the following Thursday and lead the prepping/cooking process under the guidance of the AAMHCS staff coordinator.

Focus area: Community Service Programs


  • Cooking, chopping, slicing
  • Cleaning and washing
  • Serving/plating
  • Lifting (cooked stews in big pots, food from storage rooms, etc.)
  • Snack and cutlery prep
  • Meal container prep

Location: AccessPoint on Jane, 761 Jane Street

Time Commitment: Twice a week for a minimum of 3 months.

  • Wednesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Thursday 9:30am – 2:30pm

Format: In person

Qualification and Requirements:

  • Experience cooking for a large group of people
  • Ability to work in a high-pace, high-energy environment and be on your feet for an extended period of time
  • Comfortable with prepping/cooking/serving meals
  • Ability to work in a team and take initiative
  • Good communication skills
  • Open and willing to work with an underserved community
  • Be able to complete New Volunteer Orientation and onboarding

ASSETS but not required:

  • Food Handler Certified
  • Can speak a second language common in the neighborhood (Spanish, Portuguese, Tigrinya

Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Opportunity to interact with fellow volunteers & members of the community
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Gain experience volunteering in a community setting
  • Gain experience volunteering for a non-profit organization
  • Be involved in shaping your community
  • Opportunities for training such as Food Handler’s Certificate
  • TTC fair will be provided
  • Gain firsthand experience working with newcomers

Number of positions available: 2

Start date: Immediately

To apply: select Apply Now to complete an application

Type “Community Cook” in the “Anything you’d like us to know…” section of the application.

For more information about this program Silvea Chowdhury – Health Promoter, Settlement and Integration –


Please note: Due to public health guidelines and organizational precautions around COVID-19, Access Alliance requires all staff, volunteers and students to be fully vaccinated.

We welcome and encourage immigrants and refugees to volunteer with us! We encourage applications from volunteers who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including those from racialized and LGBTQ2+ communities.

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