ABOUT COMMUNITY PROGRESS COUNCIL:
Community Progress Council invites you to be part of its team of dedicated professionals who work to help low income individuals and families reach self-sufficiency. Our workforce of 240 employees is mission-driven to provide client-centered, coordinated services by building trusting relationships with those in need.
As the community action agency of York County, CPC offers services in more than 20 locations throughout the county. We provide our neighbors with opportunities in early childhood education, nutrition counseling, workforce development, housing and financial education and our Self-Sufficiency Program, all which support low-income individuals toward their goal of achieving financial stability.
ABOUT CPC'S EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM:
CPC's Early Childhood Education programs provide high-quality, comprehensive school readiness services to families with children from birth to 5 years old. Our early childhood education services strive to meet preschoolers' needs for intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth. This work prepares York County's young children to enter kindergarten prepared to learn.
SUMMARY: Depending on center location, a cook might have kitchen aides to help with food prep or might prepare foods by himself/herself. Responsible for children being served nutritious, tasteful, and appealing meals and snacks. Maintain necessary supplies and keep records required by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Delegate Agency and the Grantee.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Is committed to the vision and mission of Head Start of York County and Community Progress Council, Inc.
- Prepare breakfast, lunch, and snack according to the Head Start menu and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations and in a timely manner. (Substitution of food items is not allowed, unless previously approved by Food Service Coordinator). Cooking duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Washing, peeling, cutting, and seeding vegetables and fruits. Cleaning, cutting, and grinding meats, poultry, and seafood. Stirring and straining soups and sauces. Weighing and measuring designated ingredients. Carrying pans, kettles, and trays of food to and from work stations, stove, and refrigerator; Stores foods in designated areas.
- Deliver the food to the classrooms and return dishes to the kitchen at the scheduled times.
- Assist in planning menus to ensure that food is appetizing and nutritionally suitable for children in accordance with CACFP regulations.
- Maintain inventory of food and paper supplies. Submit food order to the Food Service Coordinator weekly.
- Clean kitchen, storerooms, counter tops, stove, oven, sink, utensils, and equipment.
- Cover all equipment not in use.
- Receive supplies from vendors; this includes checking in supplies as they arrive to assure correct counts and temperatures of refrigerated/frozen foods, signing receipts, and forwarding invoices to the nutrition office.
- Follow sanitation and safety guidelines established by Head Start Program.
- Remove garbage from kitchen as applicable.
- Delegate cooking responsibilities to cook aides, volunteer and/or participant trainees as assigned to the center.
- Meet with Food Service Coordinator at least monthly for training and resource sharing including cross-training in order to perform a number of processes within the program
- Attend all staff meetings, parent meetings, or training sessions as required. May be required to attend program functions outside regularly scheduled work hours
- Actively participate in agency task forces and work groups, as assigned by supervisor/management, to assist in developing, implementing and fulfilling goals and action plans of the Head Start vision and mission.
- Maintain a safe and orderly environment at all times.
- All other duties as assigned.
General Requirements & Skills
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Prefer high school diploma or GED but will otherwise consider applicant with knowledge of the principles and practices and current state of child nutrition and of the eating habits of the children served in the program. Demonstrated skills in preparing these foods in a nutritious, good tasting and appealing manner. At least three months related work experience or training required. ServSafe certification preferred. (Must be obtained within 90 days of hire date to maintain position. Head Start funding is available.) Knowledge of CACFP requirements also desirable.