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The Salvation Army - Metro Division Cook - Escanaba in Escanaba, Michigan


The Salvation Army Mission:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Job Objective:Responsible for planning, preparing and serving community meals and cleaning up afterward. Hot lunch meals are served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Seasonally meals will be prepared for Hope at the Inn, our homeless shelter clients.


This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of the position. Other job-related responsibilities and tasks may be assigned. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • Oversees kitchen; prepares and serves meals

  • Plans daily meals in advance, ensuring meals are balanced, nutritious and varied. Planned meals may change to accommodate unanticipated donated food

  • Complies with applicable food handling, preparing, storing and record keeping requirements and sanitation regulations

  • Trains, supervises and appropriately utilizes volunteers, making sure they follow safety and food sanitation requirements

  • Keeps the kitchen and storage area clean and organized

  • Maintains an inventory of major food items and uses that information when planning meals and requesting supplies

  • Controls food costs by using inventory wisely and using products available through Feeding America and the commodities program.

  • Ensures that all food is properly stored and rotated

  • Advises officers/social worker regarding food and other supplies needed in a timely manner

  • Records donated food items in the gifts-in-kind log

  • Maintains a record of the number of meals served daily for lunch, including seconds

  • Follows proper operating instructions for the use of all kitchen appliances and equipment. Keeps all equipment clean and properly stored when not in use

  • Promptly reports equipment maintenance needs

  • Ensures a safe working environment and promptly reports any work-related accident or visitor/client injury

  • Provides a friendly and courteous service atmosphere for volunteers and clients and enforces policies relative to volunteer and client conduct.


The requirements listed below are representative of the minimal education, experience, skills, and/or abilities required for this position.

Education:High school diploma or equivalent

Experience: 2 years experience in food service, preferably in an institutional setting

Certifications: ServSafe certification required within 6 months of hire; valid Michigan driver’s license with clearance to drive from TSA insurance.


  • Proficient in using cooking utensils and kitchen equipment.

  • Ability to plan balanced, nutritious meals.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Able to read and comprehend instructions, and nutritional information and guidelines.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a friendly, polite demeanor.

  • Ability to adhere to a fast-paced schedule and complete regular, seasonal, and special assigned tasks in a timely and effective manner.

  • Ability to effectively train and assign duties to volunteers to assure smooth operations.

  • Adhere to appropriate boundaries and ethics.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity with clients of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Handle emergencies in a calm and logical manner.

Supervisory Responsibility:N/A

Physical Requirements:The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to drive stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb ladder, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, taste and smell. The employee must lift and/or move at least 50 pounds with or without assistance or use of a dolly. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel:Local travel to pick up supplies and food as necessary.

Working Conditions:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; freezing temperatures (walk-in freezers); cold temperatures (walk-in coolers); extremely high temperatures (near stoves/ovens); fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals.At times the duties will involve working around individuals having infectious and/or communicable diseases.

All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.

Job LocationsUS-MI-Escanaba

Job ID2021-17125

of Openings1

CategoryFood Services

TypeRegular Part-Time