Shelter dinner events sign-up sheets

Sign-up for Dast2Dast hosted shelter dinners and volunteer to donate food items or to prepare and serve meals.

Shelter dinner event 4 to 5:30 pm

Date: July 27, 2024

We are serving about 60 shelter residents & homeless individuals at the Bailey's Cross Road Shelter. Please sign up below. If you cannot drop off a food item you are donating, please email Desiree.

The shelter is no longer allowing minors to participate at the shelter dinner events.

Please note each row is for 50-60 people unless noted otherwise below.

Shelter's address:
Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing
5914 Seminary Road, Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 820-7621

Click here for more info on food items (quantity and photos)

Sign up below...

2 large trays of white or mixed rice#1: Sign up »
12 rotisserie chicken#1: Sign up »
3 large lasagnas or 2 large trays of pasta#1: Nersi z.
1 large tray of mashed potato & 1 large trays of mixed vegetables#1: Sign up »
Salad, dressing & juice/drinks (for 60+)#1: Nasim F.
Fruit salad#1: Fred A.
4 large Costco cakes#1: Bebe K.
Baguettes#1: Desiree M.
3 - 5 quarts ice cream buckets#1: arsalan m.


Tips for new volunteers

  • Volunteers must remain in the kitchen and are not allowed in the main area of the shelter
  • If you are serving, please do not bring friends along unless you have discussed it with one of Dast2Dast organizers
  • Please do not give money to residents
  • Also do not give your contact information to residents
  • Please eat before coming to the shelter as leftover of our food will be served to the residents the next day
  • If you bring your pots and pans, you are responsible for collecting them before leaving the shelter
  • If you do not want to wear hair nets, bring a cap to wear
  • Gloves provided by the shelter must be worn at all times
  • If you have any questions, ask one of the organizers, Desiree, Anna, Farhang or Mehrdad
  • If you are running late, please call the organizer
  • Please recycle as much as possible as supplies of the shelter are donated and limited
  • You are more than welcome to bring any additional supplies for the kitchen of the shelter (e.g.: foam plates and bowls, plastic knives, forks and spoons, canned food, non-perishable food for the pantry, etc.)
  • The shelter warmly welcomes donation of clothing and shoes that are clean and re-wearable. You can drop off your donations during shelter events. Click here for more info on donating.
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27 comments on “Shelter dinner events sign-up sheets

  • AvatarJinous Saidi

    Do you have this in San Francisco too if you do let me know where is it we would like to help there are lots of people need help here and lots of old people in San Mateo area if you can do any thing here we would like to help I got your info from Facebook.

    • DesireeDesiree Post author

      Dear Jinous, we are a local charity organization and operate in Northern Virginia. So, no, we do not have shelter dinner events in California/San Francisco. However, I will email you and let you know how you can setup something similar with your friends and family members. When I first started hosting shelter dinners in 2006, I contacted a few friends and family members and was able to interest 4 in total who helped me feed about 60 homeless individuals. We grew to what we are today by word of mouth. I will email you shortly.

  • AvatarNaghmeh

    Hi Desiree jan,
    My name is Naghmeh and I would love to volunteer at your next available opportunity. Is there a way to sign up now or be on a wait list?
    Thank you.

  • Arezoo AramArezoo Aram

    Hi Desiree jaan, I have 3 teeage boys who are eager to volunteer in any way they can. Please email me at and I will join you in Facebook as well. I tried to sign up for the upcoming event but I guess it has not been posted yet. Thank you, Arezoo.

  • AvatarRamin Amani

    HI there,
    We signed up to bring the lasagnas and we were wondering is there an oven to cook them or heat them up as we will be driving in and don’t want to serve cold lasagna.
    Thank you

    • AvatarDast2Dast Team

      Dear Ramin, you will need to bring cooked lasagnas to the shelter. There is not enough time and there are not enough ovens to cook food in the kitchen of the shelter. The ovens will be set on warm settings to keep the food warm until serving time.

      Also, please note that each food item/ each signup slot is for one adult, or one adult plus one minor. We only have you signed up for the lasagnas and no other food items. Please refrain from bringing someone (an adult) who has not signed up as there is limited room in the kitchen of the shelter. The kitchen of the shelter is very small and when too many people show up, it becomes very hard to move and do any work. If you are bringing a minor, you will need to contact Desiree and provide the full name and age of the minor, so that we can get authorization from the shelter beforehand.

      For more information, please contact Desiree at as the comment section of our website is not monitored in a timely fashion.

      Thank you for joining us, for your kindness and support!

  • AvatarShahnaz

    Hello I would like to volunteer on the next shelter event. I am retiring from my work and I will be able to dedicate my time freely toward these beautiful upcoming events. Many love, Shahnaz

    • Desiree MehbodDesiree Mehbod

      Wonderful! Please email me via our contact page so that I can add your email address to our mailing list. This way you will be receiving an email when future shelter dinners are scheduled. If you have an account on Facebook, please join our Dast2Dast group so that you’re also notified about and invited to the events. Looking forward to meeting you!

    • Dast2Dast TeamDast2Dast Team

      Thank you for your interest. We host shelter dinner once a month, on the 4th Saturday of every month. If you’d like, we can add your email address to our distribution list. This way you are notified once the sign-up sheet is published on the website. Please let us know.

  • AvatarMojy Afsharnia

    Hello Desiree jan.

    My name is Mojy. Matin forwarded me your signup sheet. I don’t see anything left to be brought. I would like to volunteer for any positions left to help out at any of the events. I’m not on Facebook anymore. Please add my email address. But also let me know if you need any more volunteers for the upcoming dinner.

    Thank you.

    • Desiree MehbodDesiree Mehbod

      Dear Mojy,

      We do not have any open spots available for our December dinner. However, I will add your email address to our mailing list so that you are notified of future events.

      Thank you for your interest and hope to meet you soon!

    • Desiree MehbodDesiree Mehbod

      Dear Manijeh,

      Wonderful! Please email me via our contact page so that I can add your email address to our mailing list. This way you will be receiving an email when future shelter dinners are scheduled. If you have an account on Facebook, please join our Dast2Dast group ( so that you’re also notified about, and invited to the events. Once the sign-up sheets are live, you can sign up to provide any of the meals on the menu. Looking forward to meeting you!

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