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Nutrition Center Assistant

Position Description

Agency Summary: Food Outreach is the only St. Louis area organization and non-profit whose mission is to provide nutritional support and enhance the quality of life of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Food Outreach provided a nutritious combination of prepared meals and groceries, year round, to our clients. Clients may choose from the types of foods that will best serve their needs, based on their current health status.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees without regard to race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, color, age disability status or national origin.

Primary Purpose: The Nutrition Center-Chef Assistant assist in the inventory, ordering, stocking and scanning of groceries. Ensures that the menu data is accurately entered in to the databases, trains volunteers and prepares food and provides guidance to Food Outreach regarding menu planning, food production, sanitation and safety, quality assurance, and group education for clients and volunteers.

Essential Functions Nutrition Center Assistant:

  • Assists with receiving and monitoring the food delivered by vendors, as needed.
  • Assists in the loading and unloading of food and donated items from the van, as needed.
  • Assists in the training and supervision of volunteers in the Nutrition Center, as needed.
  • Assists with recording the temperature of all freezers and refrigerators at the beginning and ending of each day.
  • Assists for MADCAP data entry.
  • Assists for home delivery inventory of frozen items for the pack.
  • Assists with taking inventory, ordering and stocking groceries, as needed.
  • Assists in maintaining clean, organized nutrition center and warehouse.
  • Assists in data entry of groceries, as needed.
  • Assists in entering SCOUT data, as needed.
  • Assists with documentation in client files and Food Outreach database, as needed.
  • Responsible for closing nutrition center and securing client information according to HIPAA, as needed.
  • Assists as needed, for recording donated items and year-end report, to include: items, amounts and values.
  • Calls in fresh produce order in absence of the Operations Manager.
  • Attends the Program and QM Meeting weekly to discuss menus and food production.
  • Manages the Nutrition Center in the absence of the Operation Manager.
  • Assists in the rotation of the weekends of the Saturday Cook & Pack/NC
    • Function as Chef in their absence.
    • Manages Saturday cook and pack with assistance from Red Aprons.
    • Responsible for portion control during a Saturday cook.
    • Responsible for prepping all food in accordance with ServSafe standards.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Sensitive to the feelings of others, respect for individual differences, mature understanding of social problems, ability to establish relationships quickly.
  • Knowledge of the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer.
  • Ability to supervise volunteers under the guidance of the Volunteers Coordinator.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.  Ability to work independently or as part of a team. 
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of food service management and quality control (HAACP)
  • Ability to interact with individuals in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Computer literacy and working knowledge of different data programs.
  • Experience in Food Service Management.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.
  • Ability to stand for long hours at a time.

Position Qualifications:

  • Must have a certified Culinary Degree Program Certification.
  • ServSafe Certified (Food safety and sanitation certification).
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Verification of participation and completion of Program: Forklift Operation Safety-Ref OSHA 1910.178.
  • Flexible work hours, able to work some evenings and weekends.

If interested, please email your resume and a cover letter to Kathy Spencer at

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