Cook for Kids
Cook for Kids involves a group of caring individuals with one of our Youth Crisis Shelters and allows for the interaction with staff and youth and a home cooked meal. Since our first Cook for Kids several years ago, many community, religious and civic groups have volunteered their time and food for the shelter youth.
C4K provides more than a meal: it relieves shelter staff of the time for meal preparation and allows more direct supervision with the youth; the youth experience volunteers from their own community who care enough to prepare a meal; and the program saves in food costs.
C4K volunteers are considered “short term volunteers,” which means that we do not complete criminal background checks on the volunteers. Because of this, it is policy that shelter staff must be present at all times for any youth interaction. For safety and accountability, enter through the front door and ensure that you sign in; do not leave your area (the kitchen) unless staff is aware. Please use standard food safety practices for food preparation at all times. If you have not completed a “short term application,” please do so.
By coming into the shelter, you agree to protect the confidentiality of youth. It is not uncommon for the program to have youth who are protected by state and federal laws of confidentiality.
We believe C4K is a “win-win.” We know the youth have awareness that their community cares and cares enough to spend time preparing a home cooked meal. We hear from our volunteers that they get more out of the experience than they give.
New Beginnings Youth Shelter, 18377 Sheriff Mylander Way, Brooksville, FL 34601
RAP House Youth Shelter, 7522 Plathe Road, New Port Richey, FL34653
George Harris Youth Shelter, 1060 U.S. Highway 17 South, Bartow, FL33830
For more information, or to participate in Cook for Kids, please fill out this form.