Volunteer at Lentil As Anything

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Lentil As Anything. From kitchen hands, wait staff, baristas, musicians and gardeners - there are many ways to volunteer, learn industry skills, improve English and make friends.

“Whether you are 8 years old or 80, whether you have experience in hospitality or have never taken a coffee order in your life. You too can join our amazing volunteer team, no experience necessary.” Kate Morison Abbotsford Restaurant Manager

Each restaurant runs a one hour induction session where you can learn everything you need to know to jump into the red apron and get started - just make sure to be on time and wear neat clothing and enclosed shoes.


Tuesday and Sunday at 4pm



Saturday 4pm


St. Kilda



Wednesday 10am and Friday 4pm


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St. kilda Volunteer: bogi

"I volunteer because I like to help people and I don't care about the money. I have found my second family here and some really close friends and we are all different, but all crazy at the same time and i really feel like i am home at Lentil As Anything. I just love this place. I have learnt patience and I have found lots of joy here. It adds value to my life.

I think Lentil is different because of the atmosphere. You just have to come in and you change. It changes you in a good way."

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thornbury Volunteer: matsumi

"I joined Lentil As Anything to get experience to help me find a job. I like working in the kitchen, but I would also like to work in a cafe.

Volunteering here is also a chance for me to practise my English. I don't speak English much at home so, it's good for me to come here."

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Newtown volunteer: marco

“I chose to volunteer because the people at Lentil As Anything are amazing, everybody is friendly. It's like a second family who just want the best for you. Volunteering brings me a sense of belonging, belonging to a community and makes me forget the worries and stress. I also get to meet many new people and also practise my Italian. 

Lentil relies on volunteers and donations to run, that is definitely not the norm! It puts choice back on the people and shows our world is not as bad as we think.”