Meal Program Support Specialist

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Des Moines, IA
The part-time Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) Meal Program Support Specialist will assist in all aspects of food preparation in partnership with the YOC Meal Program Coordinator. The YOC Meal Program Support Specialist is responsible for duties in relation to running our Meal Program including food preparation, food storage, sanitation of workspace and maintaining safety of the work environment and along with other duties that arise. Weekly set hours, must be able to work Saturday and Sundays 11:00-6:00p.
  • Understanding of how to manage a food inventory system and willingness to learn is essential.
  • Associates degree in Culinary Arts or related culinary certificate is preferred.
  • Two years of cooking experience is preferred.
  • A background working with at-risk youth is a plus.

1. Prepare and serve lunch and dinner at the Youth Opportunity Center

2. Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure conformance to sanitation and food safety standards.

3. Maintain a clean work space.

4. Help volunteers in the preparation, cooking, and serving of food.

5. Assist in all clean up duties including in the kitchen, dining room, or pantry.

6. Check the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that safety standards are met.

7. Check the quantity and quality of received products and properly label before storing.

8. Assist in maintaining proper record production and operational data on specified forms as required.

9. Maintain a positive and professional approach with program participants and volunteers.

10. Attend scheduled supervision and all staff meetings as appropriate.

11. Communicate professionally with Youth Opportunity Center staff, other IHYC staff, and volunteers.

12. Assist as needed in picking up/sorting out food donations from community partners.

13. Willingness to learn new information as needed such as kitchen safety training, food safety training, or any other job enhancement training as it arises.

14. Interact and train program youth on basic cooking skills and how to prepare simple meals.

15. Attend appropriate training sessions, staff meetings, and supervisory meetings on request.


For more information, please contact Elizabeth Patten at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.

YSS hires nicotine free staff only. EOE