The Salvation Army - Central Territory

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Meal Program Cook

Meal Program Cook

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Food Services
Regular Part-Time

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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.


Must have Michigan Food Service Certificate and have previous cooking experience and/or food service certification from an accredited program. Must be familiar with quantity food preparation, kitchen equipment and proper sanitation practices. Ability to accept supervision and work with a team of co-workers. Ability to work well with clients of diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups. Willingness to support the philosophy, goals, mission, and objectives of The Salvation Army. Must be able to pass the background checks. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Meet the MVR driver’s qualification and ServicePoint training courses within 90 days of the date of hire. It must be understood by the incumbent that the provisions of Safe From Harm will apply upon commencement of employment and also understood that the required Safe From Harm training be satisfactorily completed within the first ninety (90) days of employment.




Prepare meals for clients, ensuring the food is cooked, stored and maintained in accordance with the Michigan Department of Health. This is a regular part time position with a workweek expectation of 25 hours per week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters and maintains positive relationships with co-workers and supervisors. This would include but not be limited to such actions: resolution of conflicts in a positive manner; courteous treatment of staff, clients and visitors; respect of others’ property and person, professional and appropriate communication to and about co-workers, supervisors and subordinates. Support the Mission of The Salvation Army by treating every donor, contact and colleague with respect and dignity, and without discrimination of any kind.
• Assist with Day Camp Lunch Program, Monthly Senior Luncheon and Tuesday night youth groups.
• Daily activities, including: food preparation, meal planning, recruiting and providing ongoing support to volunteers, meeting and unloading delivery trucks, serving meals, setup and cleanup.
• Plan and prepare meals in accordance with menus, making allowances for clients medically approved special dietary needs when known in advance.
• Maintain the kitchen and food preparation area to meet the highest standard of cleanliness and in accordance with Department of Health requirements.
• Follow all safety rules and report safety hazards.
• Coordinate and maintain foodshelf (volunteer training and evaluation, stocking, ordering, donations and other maintenance).
• Participate in office and department meetings, and other meetings as appropriate; participate in community meetings and networking.
• Work on personal, office, and department goals.
• Participate in monthly supervision meetings with Team Leader.
• Assist in planning and implementation of seasonal activities as requested.
• Assist with other department functions.
• Attend educational opportunities when appropriate.
• Perform all other duties specific to the office location and as assigned by Corps Officer.



There are normally no hazardous or significantly unpleasant physical working conditions, with the exception of the occasional emotional distress or turmoil (due to varying situations) with and between staff and/or clients. The duties and responsibilities of this position cannot be worked from home.

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Risk Level

Risk Level 2 – The tasks or activities conducted by Rick Level 2 would not normally involve anticipated exposure to blood or potentially infectious materials however could result in such exposure in non-routine and/or emergency situations.

Physical Activities and Requirements of Position

1. Talking
1a. Especially where one must frequently convey detailed or important instructions, information, ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly.
2. Average Hearing Ability
2a. Able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.
3. Repetitive Motion
3a. Movements frequently and regularly required using the wrist, hands, and/or
4. Average Visual Abilities
4a. Average, ordinary, visual activity necessary to prepare or inspect documents.
5. Physical Strength
5a. Sedentary work; sitting most of the time.
5b. Some lifting required (up to 50 pounds), with repeated lifting required.
6. Travel – The incumbent will be required to travel by personal vehicle, organization vehicle or other mode of travel to support the Mission of The Salvation Army.

Mental Activities and Requirements of Position

1. Reasoning Ability
1a. Ability to deal with a variety of variables.
1b. Able to interpret various instructions.
2. Mathematics Ability
2a. Ability to perform basic mathematical functions.
2b. Ability to perform intermediate mathematical
functions (averages, percentages, money management, etc.).
3. Language Ability
3a. Ability to read a variety of books, magazines, instruction manuals, atlases and
3b. Ability to prepare memos, reports, and essays using proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
3c Ability to communicate distinctly with appropriate pauses and emphasis; correct
punctuation and variation in word order, using present, perfect, and future
3d Ability to speak read and write fluent English