Full-Time Shelter Cook

Sunday – Thursday 10am-6:30pm

•Prepares lunch and dinner five days a week for all adult and child shelter residents.
•Prepares menus that takes into consideration the varying health and cultural needs of shelter residents.
•Prepares menus and clear written instructions for preparation and serving of meals on days when not on duty.
•Utilizes donated foods as much as possible, and constructs weekly shopping lists, taking food donations into consideration.
•Maintains a clean and orderly shelter kitchen and pantry area, including regular and thorough cleaning of appliances, walls, cabinets, shelves, etc.
•Organizes donated shelter food stock, regularly rotating donated foods for storage to shelter pantry, and ensuring that food items in freezers and refrigerators are covered and labeled appropriately.
•Assists in breakfast and lunch clean-up as needed.
•Monitors shelter residents as they serve meals to ensure all guidelines are met as required by the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
•Recycles all kitchen waste as is possible.
•Maintains all necessary written documentation as required by the health department, Child and Adult Care Food Program, USDA, and other governing bodies and/or funders.
•Follows all Hope House service philosophies, policies, and procedures.

•Performs other duties as requested.

REQUIREMENTS – The Shelter Cook must have the ability to:
• Maintain appropriate boundaries when working with shelter residents and staff;
• Maintain confidentiality, neutrality, and professionalism in role;
• Multi task and work in a fast paced environment;
• Work effectively with persons who have diverse styles, abilities, motivations, and backgrounds;
• Demonstrate basic computer skills ;
• Demonstrate general knowledge of the dynamics and causes of domestic violence and a commitment to end domestic violence as a social problem;
• Adapt to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned;
• Arrive to work promptly and regularly;
• Concentrate and perform accurately;
• Operate commercial kitchen equipment such as ovens, stove tops, commercial dish washers, steam tables, etc.;
• Follow proper procedures for the healthy and sanitary preparation and serving of meals;
• Understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions;
• Perform repetitive manual tasks that require agility and manual dexterity; and
• Sort, stack, and arrange items in an organized manner.
Post offer, pre-employment screening requires successful completion of a Children’s Division screening, criminal background check, and motor vehicle record report.


• 18 years of age or older; and
• Possess or have the ability to obtain a City of Independence Food Handlers card (manager’s course) within 30 days of employment.


• Previous experience cooking in either a residential or commercial setting


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to:
• Stand for extended periods of time
• Move around the facility, stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, and reach repeatedly
• Lift, push, and pull up to 50 pounds routinely and 75 pounds occasionally
• Tolerate exposure to noise and heat in a kitchen/cafeteria environment
• Utilize a keyboard
• Meet specific vision abilities to include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to focus.


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Hope House is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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To Apply:  Email or send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Human Resources
PO Box 577
Lee’s Summit MO 64063