Volunteer reflections

An incredible 1,108 volunteers donated over 13,500 hours of their time to Preble Street this year to help support Mainers experiencing hunger and homelessness! It takes many, many hands to accomplish all we do — including providing over 1 million meals each year and ensuring people living outside have the clothing and gear they need … Read more

Volunteer Appreciation is in the air!

Preble Street has top-tier volunteers, and this Volunteer Appreciation Week, we cannot thank them enough for their time, dedication, and love!   In the last year, over 1,000 individuals have volunteered with Preble Street, making a difference in the lives and hearts of staff and clients. We could not do the work we do without them! … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: Deborah

With hundreds of meals leaving the Preble Street Central Kitchen every day for our neighbors experiencing hunger, we depend on volunteer support to make sure everyone gets fed. We know we can always rely on Volunteer of the Month, Deborah, to help! Deborah has shown real leadership in the kitchen, helping staff guide other volunteers through the process … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: Paul

Many volunteers at the Preble Street Central Kitchen bring something special to the table, and Volunteer of the Month, Paul, is no exception! He recently offered to prepare a special Sichuan Beef dish and even donated some ingredients. “It was a different experience making it for 500 people, but I’m going to go ahead and … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: James

Preble Street Central Kitchen staff always look forward to Saturdays, because they know they’ll be cooking alongside January Volunteer of the Month, James. “He brings such warmth and kindness to the space,” they shared. “He is gentle and easy going and has become a really special part of our team.” James, pictured here with flowers … Read more


Thank you to the 3,000 volunteers who throughout the COVID-19 crisis have lent their hands and hearts to the people Preble Street serves. With your help, Preble Street handed out 1,000 Thanksgiving food boxes — filled with turkey fresh produce and ample ingredients for a full holiday feast — and tomorrow we will deliver van … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: Toufiq Fekkak

“I volunteer for the chance to give something back to the community, make a difference to the people around me, and to develop new skills. It appeals to me because of its social benefits and it gives me a greater perspective and self-awareness. You can help financially, but to be present gives you the real … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: Jack Wood

“From my first visit to Preble Street I was struck by how so many people worked together to prepare and serve meals to hundreds of people at a time. Since I am a firm believer in what my wife refers to as ant power — what happens when a lot of people do small things … Read more

Welcome to the new Volunteer Manager!

Please join us in welcoming Haley Foydel, the new Preble Street Volunteer Manager! In addition to remarkable energy, passion, and warmth, Haley brings a wealth of experience as a nonprofit project coordinator, a general manager of a restaurant group, a volunteer at Preble Street, and much more. Here, we share a short Q & A with her. How … Read more

Volunteer of the Month: Megan

Volunteering at Preble Street Food Programs involves a lot of scrubbing, chopping, and cooking, but the heart of the work reaches beyond the day to day of a kitchen. Volunteers bring kindness, insight, dedication, and compassion — and lots of puns and wit in the case of Volunteer of the Month Megan Ladd. “The conversation never fades when … Read more