Food Service Coordinator | Rochester-Southeast MN

Food Service Coordinator | Rochester-Southeast MN


Jeremiah Program (JP) is a nonprofit organization helping single mothers invest in themselves so they can thrive and take steps towards economic mobility by helping them access higher education, affordable childcare, housing, skills training and career development. JP envisions a world where poverty is no longer feminized; where race is not divorced from gender; where career and financial opportunities are not gentrified; and where women who experience poverty not only hold a seat at the table but hold the mic and curate the agenda.

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for disrupting poverty, two generations at a time. At JP, we believe that no mother should have to make the untenable choice between investing in herself or supporting her children. Our holistic approach invites single mothers into the leadership tent and encourages families to bring all of their identities to bear in achieving their goals in pursuit of economic mobility.

Founded in 1993, this year JP is supporting over 1,000 moms and kids across nine residential and non-residential campuses: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Fargo, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. Learn more about JP and our work here.


Responsible for a variety of food management duties that maintain the overall health, nutrition, and safety of children in the Jeremiah Program Child Development Center and reflects the Jeremiah Program’s mission, encompassing the values, vision, and purpose of its program. Responsibilities include plan and prepare menus and meals according to state standards and agency guidelines, order and purchase all food supplies, maintain records by governing regulatory bodies, billing, and manage kitchen inventory and budget.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES                                                     

Direct Services                                                                                                                           

  • Plan and prepare appropriate amounts of a variety of foods for all age groups of center children, taking into account special dietary restrictions, and substitutions in a timely manner.
  • Prepare required daily food productions reports, indicating substitutions according to CACFP guidelines.
  • Ensure sanitary compliance by washing dishes after every meal ensuring proper and safe food handling, storage, and disposal. Cleaning kitchen equipment and storage areas. Laundering kitchen and infant items.
  • Inspect equipment monthly to ensure proper working order, contact supervisor if repairs are needed.
  • Assist in classrooms to support teachers during breaks, meetings and other needs that arise.

Program Support                                                                                                                       

  • Maintain records in accordance with USDA, CACFP, and state licensing regulations.
  • Coordinate food and supplies order with vendors and suppliers.
  • Operate within the food budget.
  • Maintain food service and kitchen supply inventory. 
  • Provide and promote healthy boundaries and confidentiality at all times.
  • Leverage volunteers and interns to increase organizational capacity.

Other Duties as assigned

  • All Jeremiah Program employees are mandated reporters and are legally required to ensure a report is made when abuse is observed or suspected. 


  • Two years of experience as cook-preferably in childcare setting.
  • Certified Food Managers Certification.
  • CPR and First Aid Certified (preferred).
  • Meet and maintain lead teacher qualifications and state quality system rating requirements (Required hours vary by state).
  • Knowledge of USDA and CACAFP food service delivery guidelines.
  • Ability to problem solve, multi-task, complete work on time and work independently.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Proficiency in computer skills (i.e., Microsoft, SharePoint).
  • Passion for the Jeremiah Program mission and values.  


Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate starting at $18.00 per hour commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. Additionally, we offer medical, dental, vision, and supplemental benefits as well as retirement plans and a generous vacation package. 

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