To volunteer for a soup kitchen, locate soup kitchens in your area and reach out to them. If they are in need of volunteers, they can schedule you for volunteering time. You just need to show up and follow directions.
Most soup kitchens are always in need of volunteers, although some may have more than they need on or around holidays. It is helpful to have your availability figured out before you call them so that they can plan a schedule. Be sure to treat this responsibility as seriously as you would a paid job. Volunteers who do not show up for their shifts can cause major problems.
Soup kitchen volunteers can do all sorts of tasks, including preparing and serving food, cleaning the facilities and packaging unneeded food and delivering it to food banks. Be sure to let the volunteer coordinator know if you have any relevant skills. You should also let the coordinator know if you are a minor because special accommodations may be necessary for legal reasons.
To locate a soup kitchen in your area, try looking in the phone book or doing an online search. If you belong to a church or a service-oriented organization, ask if they are affiliated with one. You can also look on the websites of national organizations, such as Feeding America, to find local affiliates.