The Brisben Center is blessed by a wide network of organizations and groups that provide hundreds of volunteers who actively participate in our Meal Program. These groups include a wide range of faith-based groups of all kinds: churches, synagogues, temples, etc. as well as businesses, civic organizations, Greek chapters, motorcycle clubs, community groups and individual volunteers!

Large and small, these organizations plan, purchase, prepare and serve dinners, and some lunches and breakfasts, at Brisben. Because of these caring groups we have meals served throughout the day, every day of the year.

  • Volunteer groups are responsible for planning, purchasing, preparing, and serving the meal to Brisben Center residents. Please note we prioritize dinners!
  • Groups serving dinner should have a maximum of five volunteers to help.  Groups serving lunches and breakfasts may need fewer volunteers.
  • Children under age 16 are not permitted in the kitchen while food is being cooked. Anyone under 18 is prohibited from using grills/ovens/steamers. Children outside of kitchen should have supervision from the volunteer group at all times.
  • The meal should include a protein, grain, carb, dairy, vegetable, and fruit as per USDA. Be aware that meals can combine these groups. (I.E. Spaghetti is a protein (if meat is used), vegetable, and grain/carb)
  • We request your group’s menu be provided to The Brisben Center at least one week prior to the group’s scheduled serving day. Menus can be sent to the Kitchen Operations Manager at:
  • Please call or e-mail ahead the week of your meal’s scheduled date for a current estimate on how many people to prepare for.
  • The Brisben Center also welcomes volunteers to make use of our pantry, cooler, and freezer to supplement any ingredients they may not have on the day they are scheduled to serve.
The following activities are the responsibility of the meal volunteers:
  • Prepare meals using the Brisben Center kitchen. With the exception of special conditions (I.E. dropping off a purchased meal) during the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers are not permitted to prepare meals off-site and deliver. Contact the Kitchen Operations Manager for guidance during the pandemic.
  • Serve meals promptly: Breakfast at 8:00 am, Lunch at 12:00pm (Noon), and Dinner at 6:00 pm. We ask that your group try to arrive at least 90 minutes to an hour before scheduled serve times.
  • Meal volunteers are asked to provide the following when possible:
  • Fresh fruit (all varieties)
  • Food products used in the recipe
  • Large drink mix/gallon jug (lemonade, Kool-Aid, iced tea)
  • Volunteers can bring unprepared food for later use. Contact the Kitchen Operations Manager for delivery and storage. Please mark all food so it is not used before time to serve.
  • The meal volunteer leader should identify themselves to the front desk staff and sign in upon arrival. If the lead volunteer is not available, please designate a substitute. Each group should have a designated Point of Contact for future communication.
  • Volunteers who want to volunteer in other capacities should speak with our Volunteer Coordinator. They may be contacted at: or 540-899-9853 ext. 133
  • If there is a last-minute shortage of volunteers, please immediately notify the Kitchen Operations Manager at or 540-899-9853 ext. 112.
    • If you feel you need training prior to your designated meal preparation time, please notify the Kitchen Operations Manager(
    • Please ensure that all meal volunteers wear appropriate face coverings, gloves and pull hair back at all times for sanitation. In addition, please ensure proper handwashing and food handling procedures.
    • To avoid cross-contamination, prepare meals separate from vegetables and other food products.

If you would like information about current open meal times, please send an email to

      • No food may be removed from the Center: Health Department regulation.
      • All skits, puppet shows, studies, or other similar activities require prior approval by the Brisben Center Volunteer Coordinator.
      • Regulations prohibit proselytizing or requiring residents to attend religious activities.
      • Volunteers for dinner should plan to be out of the kitchen by 7 p.m. to enable clean-up by Center residents.
    • If a staff person asks for assistance, please comply. Thank you.
    • If you have enough volunteers, we may ask you to pick up pastries and breads from a vendor.