Streetwork Project is an innovative outreach-counseling program for homeless youth in Manhattan, which utilizes a harm reduction approach. Services include counseling, HIV prevention case management, peer education and outreach, drop-in center, support groups, needle exchange, acupuncture, mental health services, legal and medical care. For the majority of our clients, proving food in a loving and nurturing environment serves as a vital tool in fostering trust and engagement. Since many of the youth we serve are street-involved, providing consistent and nutritious food assists in their stabilization and ensures that they are eating healthy as they recover from trauma, abuse and life on the streets.
- Prepare, cook and serve 80-100 lunches a day, for a 5 day per week operation, that are culturally appropriate and nutritionally sound;
- Prepare and cook all meals for group, outreach and special events;
- Prepare and distribute food pantries;
- Order and properly inventory all food and other supplies necessary for kitchen operations;
- Support Assistant Director in the management of a food budget by providing projections and monitor expenditures on a monthly bases;
- Generate and maintain statistical records used to track service targets;
- Collaborate with the Director, who is responsible for developing and maintaining effective grant-management tools for monitoring the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) contract, to be used for submitting funding reports, funding proposals, and informing key staff of important program issues;
- Coordinate and monitor volunteer assistance in meal preparation and food service for clients, as needed;
- Facilitate monthly client group on meal preparation as part of an interactive demonstration project to help clients prepare healthy meals for themselves and their children;
- Maintain logs on all maintenance required on equipment within the kitchen area and perform preventative maintenance checks including our fire suppression system;
- Ensures that the site is properly certified and our kitchen follows all rules, regulation and policies of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Secondary Job Functions:
- Participate at staff trainings, meetings, and group process workshops;
- Facilitate monthly focus groups with clients to enhance our food services programming;
- Network and establish contacts within the larger hunger prevention community;
- Experience with GLBTQ, homeless and street-involved youth populations;
- Knowledge of NYS Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program;
- Knowledge of NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Food Protection and Safety rules and regulations;
- Spanish-speaking skills are preferred;
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills;
- High School Diploma and;
- Three to five years of relevant work experience working with at-risk/homeless adolescents in a harm reduction program or;
- 3 years high-quality work demonstrated at Streetwork Project
- Certification in Food Handling from NYC DOHMH;
- Serve Safe Certification
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