Brisben is blessed by more than 75 organizations and groups that provide hundreds of volunteers who actively participate in Brisben’s Meal Program. These groups include a wide range of churches, a synagogue, other faith-based groups, businesses, civic organizations, chapters and community groups.

Large and small, these organizations plan, purchase, prepare and serve dinners, and some lunches and breakfasts, at Brisben. Because of these caring groups DINNER IS SERVED EVERY NIGHT of the year!

  • Volunteer groups are responsible for planning, purchasing, preparing and serving the meal to Brisben Center residents.
  • Groups serving dinner should have five volunteers to help.  Groups serving lunches and breakfasts may need fewer volunteers.
  • Children under age 18 are not permitted in the kitchen and an adult must accompany minors.
  • The meal must be a balanced meal according to the USDA standards. This includes a protein, two vegetables or two fruits or one fruit and one vegetable, bread and 1% or skim milk. Your group’s menu must be provided to Brisben at least one week prior to the your group’s scheduled serving day. Email your menu to
  • For dinner — Plan on serving 75 people. Dinner is served every night of the year at 6 p.m.
  • For lunch — On weekdays, plan on serving 50 people.  For weekend lunches, plan for 50-60 people.  Lunch is served at 12:00 noon.
  • For breakfast (mainly weekend hot breakfast) — Plan on serving 50-55 people.  Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. Weekday breakfast (i.e. cereal)  is typically supplied by Brisben Center.
  • On occasion, some groups may want to volunteer but do not have food products to donate. In this case, contact the Food Services Coordinator at to see if arrangements can be made.
  • The meal volunteer leader should identify himself or herself to the front desk staff upon arrival. If the lead volunteer cannot be available, he or she should designate a substitute. 
  • Meal volunteers are asked to sign-in on the volunteer sheet provided at the Control Center. Volunteers who want to volunteer in other capacities should speak with our Volunteer Coordinator.
    • If there is a last-minute shortage of volunteers, please immediately notify the Food Services Coordinator at or 540-899-9853 ext. 112.
    • If you feel you need training prior to your designated meal preparation time, please notify the Food Services Coordinator (
    • Please ensure that all meal volunteers wear appropriate face coverings, gloves and pull hair back for sanitation. In addition, please ensure proper handwashing and food handling procedures. Provide non-latex gloves.
  • To avoid cross-contamination, prepare meals separate from vegetables and other food products.
  • The following activities are the responsibility of the meal volunteers:
      • Prepare dinner using the Brisben Center kitchen. Excepting special conditions for feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers are not permitted to prepare meals off-site and deliver. Contact the Food Services Coordinator for guidance during the pandemic.
  • Serve meals promptly: breakfast at 8:00 am, Lunch at 12:00 noon, and dinner at 6:00 pm
  • Meal volunteers are asked to provide the following
  • Four gallons of milk
  • Fresh fruit (all varieties)
      • Food products used in the recipe
  • Large drink mix (lemonade, Kool-Aid, iced tea)
  • Volunteers can bring unprepared food for later use. Contact the Food Services Coordinator for delivery and storage. Please mark all food so it is not used before time to serve. 
  • Provide a menu one week before the scheduled time to cook.

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.