April 17: Kitchen Takeover at IHYC


Volunteer with us, Monday, April 17, as we feed the youth for the day at the Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC) in downtown Des Moines.

Slow Food Des Moines is taking over IHYC’s kitchen at 612 Locust Street for the day, from 8 am – 6:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed for three 2-1/2 to 3-hour time slots:

  • 3 people Morning  7:30am – 10am
  • 3 people Lunch  11:30am – 2pm
  • 3 people Dinner 3pm – 6:30pm

Whom are we serving? Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth and young mothers in Polk County with a variety of programs and facilities that teach homeless youth, ages 16-25, to live independently and become self-sufficient

IHYC is often a last resort for older runaway and homeless youth who have exhausted community resources, family and friends.

The Youth Opportunity Center, where we will be volunteering, is the newest facility for IHYC, located at 612 Locust Street in Downtown Des Moines. The center includes: a drop-in center, commercial kitchen with daily meal program, laundry and shower facilities, art studio, computer lab, therapy and counseling rooms, and 9 emergency beds for transition-age youth.

Can you help? Let us know by this weekend (April 8). Reply via email to desmoinesia@slowfoodusa.org  Please include your name and your email address, and phone number for contact. Tell us your preference for first and second choice time slot.  We will get back to volunteers with all the details April 9th.

A little more info for the volunteers: We will create a menu for the day and prepare it.  The breakfast crew will help prep for lunch, and the lunchtime volunteers will help get ready for dinner.

Can’t help on April 17? Mark your calendar for July 17, and help us when Slow Food Des Moines will be staffing another IHYC kitchen takeover.

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