MUST provides a wide range of volunteer opportunities in all three program office locations, the administrative office, the emergency shelter and the donation center. Even if you have a busy schedule, have children, or have a large group you want to volunteer, there is always some way to volunteer with MUST.

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Today MUST has Service Centers in Marietta, Smyrna and Cherokee providing food, clothing, financial aid, education and employment assistance; interview, assessment and referral services, to families and individuals in crisis.

Integrated Housing Programs in Cobb, Cherokee, and Douglas Counties dedicated to helping 200+ residents break their own cycle of homelessness. Emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing and a host of wrap around services provide a healthy environment to foster whole life change.

Seasonal Programs including:

Summer Lunch program, serving lunches to children each day in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton and totaling nearly 180,000 lunches per summer

Back to School Supplies for 3,000 children

Holiday Meals to 8,000+ individuals

Christmas Toyshop – for 3,343 children who would otherwise not have gifts to open

Centralized 20,000 sq. ft. Operations Warehouse and Distribution Center in Marietta

For churches referring individuals to MUST for services, click here for more information.


What is Summer Lunch?

There are tens of thousands of children in North Metro Atlanta who are eligible for Federal Free & Reduced Lunch during the school year. What happens when school is out for the summer?

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MUST has sponsored the Summer Lunch Program since 1995 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties in an effort to answer that question. Last year, MUST Volunteers delivered 103,000 lunches to hungry children in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. This year, MUST is excited to expand this popular and impactful program to Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett Communities, while continuing to grow the number of children served in Cobb and Cherokee, and plans to serve 180,000 nutritionally balanced summer lunches.

Ways to Get Involved:

We simply could not serve these children without the help of hundreds of volunteers! There are many ways to get involved in this amazing program:

Donate Your Time:

The Summer Lunch Program is run almost entirely by volunteers, and volunteers are needed five days a week for the entire Summer Break! You are welcome to volunteer a few days during the summer or even each week! Each volunteer task is described in the links below!

Make Lunches

This is the most critical need we have! Making Summer Lunches is an ideal team-building activity for families, organizations, businesses, churches, clubs, groups to do together and it has an immediate impact on the community! Daily menus, guidelines and tips, and specific lunch-making instructions can be found by clicking the "Make Lunches" link above! It is a lot easier than you think!

MUST has been operating the Summer Lunch program for 16 years and we've worked out most the kinks and streamlined the process so we can be sure to serve the most children in the most efficient way. To that end, we do ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure that each child gets a balanced and varied lunch each day!


Monday – Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, Salty Snack, Sweet Snack, and Juice Box

Tuesday – Ham & Cheese, Salty Snack, Sweet Snack, and Juice Box

Wednesday – Bologna & Cheese Sandwich, Applesauce, Brownie, and Juice Box

Thursday – Ham Sandwich, Salty Snack, Dessert item, and Juice Box

Friday – Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Salty Snack, Sweet Snack, and Juice Box

Preparation Guidelines


You are invited to decorate the lunch bags!

If you would like to provide an extra treat (i.e. lollipops, candy), please keep it separate from the lunches and it will be handed out to the children.

Salty snacks include pretzels, chips, corn chips, cheese on cheese crackers, peanut butter on cheese crackers, etc. Sweet snacks include apple, orange, banana, fruit cup, applesauce, etc. Contact Summer Lunch and mention your county for more details!

Use the Quick Pledge Form to the right to pledge lunches. Your pledge will be directed to the Summer Lunch Coordinator in your area and you will be contacted shortly!

Summer Lunch Drivers

Summer Lunch drivers are essential to getting lunches into the hands of the children who need them!

Summer Lunch Driver Guidelines:

*All volunteers MUST be 10 years of age or older.*

Contact Summer Lunch and mention your county for more details!

Summer Lunch Checker/Packer

The Checker/Packer acts as "Quality Control" and ensures that each lunch is a complete, fresh meal!

Summer Lunch Checker/Packer Guidelines: