Ladles of Love
Ladles of Love mobilizes volunteer groups to participate one Sunday a month to cook and deliver kosher meals Valleywide to people in need.
Individuals and groups are invited to volunteer to cook or deliver (or both). Cooking is held from 9 a.m. to noon one Sunday a month at the EVJCC. Drivers arrive at the EVJCC at 11:45 a.m. or at a designated meal exchange point in Phoenix at 1:15 p.m. Youth ages 12 and older may volunteer with an adult. Click here to print a PDF of the waiver.
The meals are simple recipes and include preparing and packaging up to 50 meals.
A recipe may include chopping carrots and steaming them with a zesty sauce. Or chopping onions for matzah ball soup – or baking a cake. Anyone can do it!
Packaging the meals includes placing each item in a box or canister container, placing that into a bag with a label, flyer and silverware.
Delivering meals includes about 5 different areas in the Valley, with up to 3 stops exist per driver. The stops are mapped out and streamlined. Drivers do not have to come all the way to the EVJCC if they don’t want to! There is an exchange point in Phoenix , where the meals are transferred to their cars beginning at 1:15 p.m.
The recipients are so grateful – delivering is very meaningful and touching.
Ladles of Love is always in need of donations, as the demand for meals increases within our Jewish community.
Donations can include direct donations or gift cards to grocery stores where kosher foods and fresh fruits and vegetables are offered.
Donations of unused kitchen supplies and utensils are also needed to sustain operations. Gift cards to stores that also sell kitchen or restaurant supplies are also appreciated, because Ladles of Love can always use items like another bowl, cutting board, knife, foil or packaging.
Acceptable kitchen supply donations include:
*Because the kitchen is kosher, under the supervision of Rabbi Michael Beyo, all items need to be new and left in their original packaging.
Large Mixing Bowls
Large Frying Pans
Large Pots (various depths)
Large To-Go containers
Spatulas (heat resistant)
Large Mixing Spoons
Liquid measuring cups
Disposable aluminum pans
8oz Bottled Drinks
Dry or Canned Goods – OU Kosher labeled
*items will be packaged alongside meal deliveries as supplemental items
Nicki Kaplan, LMSW, CPM launched this initiative, within Valley Beit Midrash’s Start Me Up program. Read about the program launch here.
The Bureau of Jewish Education’s ACT (Action, Connect, Think) program also provided program assistance and support during the start up and initial years.