Compensation: $20-$23/Hourly

Application Instructions: send resume and cover letter to Director of Meal Services, Christina Moore, [email protected]        

Classification: Full Time

Reports To: Director of Meal Services

Date: Winter 23-24

If you are interested in leveraging your culinary expertise to compassionately serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness, you might be a perfect fit for this role. Among a team of skilled professional chefs, the Cook is responsible for providing support to the kitchen, ensuring that hot, nutritious meals are prepared and served at Shepherd’s Table 365 days a year. A cook would also be responsible for working closely with Chefs, the Program and Operation’s Assistants to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all our meals guests and volunteers. In addition, cooks are responsible for assigning tasks to volunteers and maintaining a clean, healthy food service area always. The cook must follow all food service regulations and County health code requirements. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Meal Preparation and Service

  • Provides support to Chef on duty, ensuring that hot, nutritious meals are prepared and served each day
  • Ensure that hot, nutritious meals are prepared and served each day at Progress Place and though the Beyond the Table mobile meal program
  • Be willing to provide food service coverage during regular scheduled services and in emergency situations such as inclement weather
  • Ensure meal guests receive warm hospitable service with each meal
  • Ensure that meal service policies are followed
  • Monitors and responds to Meal Program communications via the telephone and email on a regular basis. 
  • Ensure that the dining room and Beyond the Table mobile meal sites are safe and welcoming environments for meal guests and volunteers
  • Help support program and operations personnel during mealtimes
  • Ensure that the kitchen/equipment/food/van/staff/volunteers are fully in compliance with health regulations during his/her shift
  • Help store and rotate all food deliveries  for current and future use
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the kitchen, dining room, dish room, kitchen prep room and all food service equipment and Beyond the Table van
  • Secures the building after the last meal service, ensure that no clients are in the building or on the grounds
  • Capture stories of photos to share with our Communications Associate for social media or our newsletter

Personnel Management

  • Greets, supervises, delegates and supports volunteers throughout the meal prep, service and clean-up
  • Encourages volunteers to engage in other service and giving opportunities at Shepherd’s Table
  • Preforms all prep service and clean up duties if absent of volunteers

Resource Management

  • Receive, organize and rotate donations
  • Ensure that health regulations are met at all times
  • Support Shepherd’s Table fundraising efforts through participation in events, kitchen tours and other ways as needed

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of food and safe food handling skills
  • Knowledge of people experiencing poverty and homelessness
  • Food safety knowledge
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Experience supervising a team of paid and unpaid support staff including volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of team
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma
  • 3 years of food service preparation experience
  • Food safety certification or ability to acquire it within 30 days of employment
  • Driver’s license and good driving record


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of normal responsibilities from time to time as needed

Shepherd’s Table is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other discriminatory factors prohibited by law.

Shepherd’s Table requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless the employee is entitled to accommodation for reasons related to a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief.  Qualified applicants must comply with this vaccine policy as a condition of employment.