Volunteer at Dish: Cuisine for Change

Dish Volunteer PhotoDish: Cuisine for Change is Second Harvest Heartland's annual gala, created to raise awareness and funds. This year the event will be held Thursday, May 2 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

We are in need of volunteers for the event! Join us for this large gala that can help provide more than 2 million meals for our hungry neighbors. We hope you will consider joining us for an amazing event featuring food and wine sampling from local restaurants, live and silent auction, and comedian Kathleen Madigan! Your gift of time entitles you to the following event perks:

  • Complimentary meal
  • Opportunity to partake in the local restaurant tasting experience (if your shift permits)
  • Option to bid on auction items

Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee availability to view the program-portion of the evening. If there is room available, we will let you know that evening.

Register to Volunteer

Available Volunteer Shifts:

Restaurant Load In/Load Out
Shift time: 3:30pm – 8:00pm
Volunteers will greet restaurants as they arrive, help them unload and show them where their station is. Throughout the event, volunteers will circulate and make sure all restaurants have everything they need. When the seated dessert begins, volunteers will assist restaurants with packing and unloading as needed/requested.

Shift Time: 4:45pm – 8:00pm
Tasks: Volunteers circulate the event to let guests know about the raffle and sell tickets. Raffle volunteers will work in pairs. Notes: These volunteers must be outgoing and comfortable interacting with guests and asking them to purchase raffle tickets.

Silent Auction Floater
Shift Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Tasks: During the silent auction, you will circulate throughout the venue assisting bidders with the bid process on the electronic bid pads and kiosks.

Live Auction Spotter
Shift Time: 6:45pm – 9:30pm
Tasks: Volunteers Spotters will act as a visual liaison between bidders and the live auctioneer by pointing out bidders. They will also assist bidders with questions on their electronic bid pads.

Auction Packing and Check out
Shift Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Tasks: Volunteers will assist auction winners, collect a signed invoice, and deliver items to the winning guests. We will ask that some of the volunteers assist in directing the traffic of guests picking up their items. Those volunteers working the checkout terminals will be working with laptops and bar code scanners, so minimal technical experience is required.

If you have questions or need assistance registering, please contact Madyson Fortier at mfortier@2harvest.org or phone number. Once volunteer shifts fill, please email Madyson to be added to the waiting list.

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