We have numerous ways an individual or large group can get involved. Our mission would not be possible without the 20-25 volunteers who are here each day.

Volunteers range from elementary school children to retirees. Civic, corporate, government, and religious groups, office colleagues, teens, families and friends make up the core of The Corner Table's volunteers.

Download The Corner Table Group Volunteer Ideas sheet

Volunteer Opportunities:

Cook Leaders:
Do you have a passion for cooking? Bring your talents to The Corner Table and make yourself at home in our kitchen. Some teams purchase their own food, while others use what we have to utilize food donations. It is up to you! Cook leaders consist of 1-5 individuals who will be assisted by our kitchen staff.

If you are interested in volunteering in the kitchen please read our safe food handling practices.

Lunch Service:
We serve Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30. In one hour we serve more than 150 guests. It takes at least 20 volunteers each day to help the lunch service run smooth and meet the needs of our guests. Unlike most soup kitchens, we operate similar to a restaurant. Our guests come in and sit down, and we assign servers to wait on them. It makes for a different experience for a lot of guests. Lunch Service volunteers help out with serving tables, preparing trays, filling drink orders, handing out desserts and silverware, monitoring scraping tables, handing out to-go bags, taking out trash, washing dishes, and other duties leading up to lunch hour.

Pack Backpacks:
Each week during the school year more than 1,200 students receive food to take home on the weekend through our Backpack Program. The food is bagged and delivered to the school sites. We need volunteers to help fill the bags and at times deliver the food. The Backpack Program is currently active in thirty four school sites in the county. Please note that this program is located at 1925 Tate Boulevard SE, Hickory.

Stockroom Helper:
We are looking for someone to join our wonderful stockroom team to work Fridays. Duties for stockroom helpers include:
- Weighing food, checking expiration dates, and putting up donated items.
- Helping keep stockroom organized.
- Helping with pick-ups and deliveries.
- Working the back during the lunch hour.
- Working a time frame of 3-4 hours.

On-Call Pick-Up Volunteers:
One of the most important operations at The Corner Table is donation pick-up. Those who wish to donate food cannot always come by the building to drop off food or supplies. This is where our hard-working volunteers come in. We need volunteers willing to be on-call to help out with pick-ups of donations at offsite locations. Sign-up for one day a week or be on-call throughout the whole week. Volunteers with trucks would be preferred.

Friday To-Go-Bags:
You or your group can volunteer to provide or make to-go-bags to hand out to our guests on Fridays. We have groups who purchase the materials and other groups who volunteer just to assemble the bags. Each Friday we hand out more than 150 bags to our guests. Bags include items such as a sandwich, peanut butter crackers, Vienna sausages, cookies, pudding or fruit, etc. This job is great for children & youth groups, or volunteering with your children.

Saturday Bag Lunches:
Saturday Bag Lunches are for groups, individuals and organizations who cannot participate during the week. This job is supported by those who are interested and willing to purchase supplies to hand out more than 200 bags to guests. Because we are closed Saturday-Sunday, this gives guests an opportunity to pick up (4) four bags on a Saturday morning to assist them over the weekend. Bags can be assembled on or off site. Groups are assisted by a staff member the morning of.

Special Events:
We have several events that take place throughout the year. With limited staff, our volunteers play a huge role in the preparation and completion of events, and have the opportunity to serve on event committees. Events consist of the Cruisin' Fundraiser, Parade Of Cans, Holiday Candy Sales, Feed The Flock Gala, and more.

You can gain a wealth of knowledge in the non-profit industry by interning with The Corner Table. Interns are individuals in high school or college looking for experience in marketing, public relations, development, finance, volunteer management, and more. To learn more about available opportunities, please contact our office at 828-464-0355, or visit internship opportunities.

To sign up to volunteer, please complete the online Volunteer Application, or print the application and email or mail to Tina Campbell at tcampbell@thecornertable.org or 122 North Main Street, Newton, NC 28658.


To sign your group up to volunteer at the Soup Kitchen, please contact Tina Campbell at tcampbell@thecornertable.org or 828-464-0355.

To sign your group up to volunteer at the Backpack Program, please contact Amanda Freeland at afreeland@thecornertable.org or 828-640-FOOD (3663).