THI Veggie Chop Shop

THI’s Veggie Chop Shop is a community meal program that runs July-October and focuses on gleaning producing, cooking, and delivering healthy meals to organizations around Milwaukee that support low-income families and individuals. In addition to working with our usual partner organizations—Meta House, Nia Imani Family, and The Cathedral Center—VCS will also offer “family-sized” portions at community partner pantries: All People’s Gathering Church Produce Stand, Kinship Community Center, and the Jewish Community Pantry.

Last year, VCS collected over 20,000lbs of produce and served over 1,000 delicious meals to those in need. We’re hoping to beat that impact this year, and we need your help!


VCS offers three unique volunteer opportunities beginning Monday, July 8th. 

While each volunteer opportunity has a list of activities you can expect, we are committed to making VCS accessible to everyone. This page will be shortly updated with accessibility information on each of our locations and opportunities (date: 06/19/24). Please check back soon!

Gleaning volunteers will visit local farmers markets and help procure/collect donations of fruits, vegetables, and other food items that would otherwise go to waste. These foods might be “unsellable” by groceries for having odd shapes or bruises, or excess from farms that are not needed.

Gleaning is ages 8+ (8-14 must be accompanied by a chaperone). Walking, standing, bending, lifting and carrying (15-20 lbs) can be expected.

2024 Gleaning Schedule (07/10 – 10/23) 

2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53206
1PM – 3PM
Donations gleaned are stored in the THI cooler and used for VCS meals.
250 Elm St, Thiensville, WI 53092
1PM – 3PM
Donations gleaned in partnership with Kids Impact Community.
4920 W Green Brook Dr, Brown Deer, WI 53223
2PM – 4PM
Donations gleaned go to the JCC Community Pantry.


Cooking volunteers will meet at All People’s Gathering Church to team up with a seasonal Chef, a Food Justice Intern, and a Kitchen Assistant to clean, chop, cook, and create beautiful, delicious, and nutritious meals for the community. Adults, college students, teens, and kids age 8+ are welcome! This volunteer opportunity can count for community service, employee team-building hours, or college credit.

Volunteers can expect to stand, walk, and sit (predominately indoors). Cooking is done in an industrial kitchen and necessitates handling kitchen utensils such as knives, whisks, stove, oven, etc. and washing, chopping, and handling food. A food food handler’s license is not required. Chairs will be provided for those who like to cook and sit. 

2024 Cooking Schedule (07/08 – 10/07)

9AM – 12PM
* 18+ only. We’ll be working alongside volunteers from Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Facility. 
9AM – 2PM
* ALL AGES. Those between 8-14 must be accompanied by a chaperone.


(this sign-up sheet also includes delivery sign-ups)

Delivery volunteers will help distribute meals from All People’s Church to partner organizations around Milwaukee. These organizations include but are not limited to: Meta House, Nia Imani Family, and The Cathedral Center.

Delivery drivers must be 18+ with a valid driver’s license and insurance.  Volunteers can expect to lift and carry (15-20 lbs), sit for extended periods, drive, and walk. 

2024 Delivery Schedule

TUESDAYS (07/09 – 10/08) 
2PM – 3PM


(this sign-up sheet also includes cooking sign-ups)
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