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Shelter Cook

Elmira, New York
Job Type
2 Sep 2022

Seeking: compassionate individuals looking to help make a difference!

If you are passionate about making a difference in someones life and want to work for an organization that appreciates and recognizes their employees success, we encourage you to apply today!

Our Full-time opportunities offer:
  • Generous time off every year that includes paid holidays, up to 3 personal days, vacation time, and sick time
  • Employer funded Pension Plan (company contributions begin after 1 year of employment)
  • Comprehensive Health Care Coverage with low cost employee premiums, co-pays, and deductibles
  • Eligibility for supplemental insurance plans, including Short Term Disability, AFLAC, and Voluntary Term Life
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Remitted Tuition program
  • Eligibility for the Federal Government's Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Some of these benefits are also available to Part-time employees as well!


The cook will prepare and serve meals at Safehouse and Our House, maintain accurate records and files, collaborate with the directors of Safehouse and Our House to order food stock and other items, inventory and track items delivered, store items properly following regulations, keep kitchen and storage areas clean and stocked, respond to concerns, plan and implement menus, attend workshops and community meetings, and ensure kitchen is in compliance with various regulations.



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Will be responsible for reading and being familiar with The Salvation Army Employee handbook.
  • Prepare and serve meals, according to USDA guidelines, as scheduled according to menu and accounting for the censuses of those sheltered.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule that can include holidays and weekends.
  • Prepare and maintain monthly menu with varying options for those with food allergies.
  • Order all foods and related items for each shelter, ensuring that adequate food is available for meals posted on the menu.
  • Receive all foods when delivered, check all deliveries for accuracy, and give food invoices to supervisors.
  • Perform necessary errands to procure sundries and foods as needed, including weekly trips to Save-A-Lot to purchase and pick up food, as scheduled.
  • Store all foods neatly upon delivery in the kitchen or storeroom and freezers. Maintain shelter safety guidelines regarding temperatures of freezers and refrigerators.
  • Keep kitchen equipment and storage areas thoroughly cleaned and stocked in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Health Department and licensing bodies.
  • Make sure food is available for breakfast before leaving in the evenings.
  • Utilize Harm Reduction model and Trauma Informed approach during delivery and services.
  • Wash and put away the items (pots, pans, utensils, slicer, etc.) used to prepare the meals, wipe down the counters, and ensure that all food is handled and stored in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Health Department.
  • Maintain accurate records, which include, but may not be limited to the following: daily temp checks, gift/in-kind donation forms, and daily menu changes.
  • Notify the directors of each shelter and the Corps Officers of any technical, hardware or mechanical failures so proper servicing can be conducted.
  • Deliver meals to both shelters in a timely manner.
  • Ensure kitchens are in compliance with Health Department.
  • Attend workshops, meetings and trainings as necessary to be informed of regulations and changes as requested.
  • Serve as a Mandated Reporter and report any incidents of child abuse/neglect to the assigned the director of the respective location of incident.
Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice due to business needs.



Fluency in English language is required; Spanish speaking ability preferred. High School Diploma/GED required. Must be able to work holidays. One-year cooking experience required. ServSafe certification required. Valid motor vehicle drivers license required. Experience working with at-risk populations and/or person experience homelessness preferred. Must be able to attend mandatory trainings and staff meetings. Knowledge and belief in Housing First philosophy and strategies. Sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of population served. Commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems. Conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change. Ability to establish and set appropriate limits with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence. Ability to work collaboratively with other personnel, service providers, and professionals. Capacity to maintain a role to empower clients and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and must work well under pressure. Committed to working with different populations. Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the work environment. Basic computer knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must be empathetic and caring. Will respect and promote the interest of The Salvation Army. The individual is not required to embrace the tenets of faith, but he/she is required to promote and respect the mission of The Salvation Army.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Job LocationsUS-NY-Elmira

Job ID 2

Category Food Services

Type Regular Full-Time

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  • Job Reference: 702585050-2
  • Date Posted: 2 September 2022
  • Recruiter: The Salvation Army
  • Location: Elmira, New York
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Hospitality & Tourism
  • Job Type: Permanent