Food and Nutrition Worker - Relief

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
The Redwood
  • Food Service
Casual / On Call
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area
Experienced (Non-manager)$18.25(Hourly)2019-02-012019-04-02

An exciting opportunity exists for a dynamic and creative individual to play a key role in The Redwood’s support for women in fleeing abuse.

Reporting to the Resident Services Manager and working under the direction of the Food and Nutrition Worker, the Food and Nutrition Worker - Relief is responsible for solely preparing meals on occasional weekday shifts.   You will provide nutritious, homestyle meals typically for lunch and dinner based on an international menu for our 33-bed shelter as well as support residents as they prepare their own meals.

The Redwood exists to support women and their children fleeing abuse by providing safe and accessible services.  As an organization we demonstrate our commitment to our mission by working from a client-centred, feminist, anti-racist and anti-oppression framework. We are committed to social change through education and advocacy. As an employer we offer meaningful work. We foster the growth of individuals and teams from strengths-based approaches.

This is a relief position with an opportunity for casual work on an on-call basis.

Tasks and Activities

Food planning:

  1. Ensure the variety and quantity meeting the diverse needs of the resident clients.
  2. Maintain all appropriate records, files related to meal plans.
  3. Prepare meal plans in weekly basis, as assigned.
  4. Discuss with clients concerning any related concerns or special dietary needs, as assigned.
  5. Collaborate with Resident Services Counsellor to best meet the needs of clients related to meal or dietary issues, as assigned.

Food Preparation:

  1. Prepare and ensure the quality and quantity of all lunches, dinners and snacks precisely match to the menu plan.
  2. Ensure compliance of hygiene and safety standards of the City of Toronto in food preparation and food storing processes. This includes labelling, storage and disposal of food supplies.
  3. Plan and prepare aesthetically pleasing meals presentation to create positive meal time experience.
  4. Occasionally, plan and prepare meals for in-house events (i.e board meetings/seasonal events etc).
  5. Prepare and deliver weekly outdoor buffet style barbeque for residents during the summer months, as required.

Food Services Maintenance:

  1. Ensure the cleanliness and compliance to safety and hygiene standards in the kitchen and food storage areas.
  2. Remove leftover from all food service areas and maintain the cleanliness of the garbage containers.
  3. Ensure all cleaning and household supplies are labelled and stored appropriately in sealed containers.
  4. Ensure cleanliness of all food services related laundry.
  5. Conduct general safety checks in all food services areas.


  1. Adhere to all policies, procedures, routines and requirements of The Redwood.
  2. Abide to The Redwood’s Code of Conduct.
  3. Contribute to team building activity at The Redwood by participating in meetings and other information sharing activities within the department or organization.

Education and Training

  1. High school diploma.
  2. Certification of health and safety standards and guidelines in food and beverage industry, acknowledged by the City of Toronto.
  3. Standard First Aid/ CPR certification.

Professional Experience

  1. One (1) year experience of working in Food and Beverage Industry, particularly in food production.
  2. Experience of working within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework with diverse communities.


  1. Communication skills: Able to convey concepts, ideas, feelings, opinions, and conclusions clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  1. Team building skills: Able to collaborate with other members of formal and informal groups in the pursuit of common missions, vision, values, and mutual goals.
  1. Time Management Skills: Able to set priorities and to plan ahead to deliver different activities in efficient and effective manner.

Level of Responsibility

Decision Making

The employee follows established procedures, with limited freedom to act outside of those procedures. In the event of irregular or non-routine situations, the employee must inform immediate supervisor prior taking any action. 

Responsibility for Work of Others

Supervisory responsibility is not a requirement. The job may provide guidance to other related to food services related guidelines and procedures.


Both internal and external contacts including other employees, vendors, food donation organization (i.e Second Harvest) and clients.

Mental Effort (conditions which may cause job anxiety, tension or some form of mental discomfort) 

  1. Preparing documentations that may require certain level of analytical thinking.

Physical Effort (conditions which may cause physical strain or injury)

  1. Working with kitchen appliances including hot burners, fryers, grillers and open flame and kitchen utensils such as knifes and other cutting devices during food preparation.
  2. Lift and carry bulky food supplies or utensils or tools during supply purchase and food presentation activities.
  3. Conduct regular physical checking of hygiene and safety in all food services areas.

Working Conditions

  1. Work in a kitchen environment with appliances and utensils (i.e hot burners, fryers, grillers, open flame and knifes)
  2. This job may demand long working hours in a fast-paced environment to prepare complete daily meals for shelter’s residents.
  3. Interacts with residents, family members, staff and visitors.
  4. Available to work weekdays and/or weekends, as well any shifts.

Supervision Received/ Reporting Line

The employee will receive supervision from the Resident Services Supervisor related to the operational tasks and activities assumed within the role.

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