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We are an ALL VOLUNTEER organization.


JUST CALL US VOLUNTEERS (JCUV) collaborates with other non-profits to positively impact the lives of San Diego’s low-income and homeless adults and children by serving free healthy meals and teaching hands-on cooking classes using fresh, often organic, and nutritious ingredients.

We’re a diverse group of San Diego residents who all have something powerful in common: a love of food and healthy eating, and a desire to give back to our community by helping the less fortunate. We are chefs and food writers, nutritionists, farmers market vendors, restaurant owners, parents, teachers, computer engineers, bankers and just people who simply love our community and want all of its members to thrive.

Just Call Us Volunteers began in 2005, when we started preparing and serving healthy holiday meals to San Diego County winter shelter residents. In the past seven years, Just Call Us Volunteers has served 26,000 meals. We now offer this service year round through our partnership with the Alpha Project.

In February 2010, Just Call Us Volunteers launched what has become a successful volunteer program at Olivewood Gardens in National City. We brought guest chefs and others in the food community to this magical property to teach hands-on cooking classes to low-income children in grades 4 to 6 from the National City School District. Just Call Us Volunteers brought over 80 chef volunteers, along with sous chefs and kitchen helpers, to Olivewood Gardens.