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Why You’ll Love This Job

Helping Hand Home is looking for a Food Service Manager. This position manages all kitchen functions for on-site residential programs of Helping Hand Home. They also manage food services to children above and beyond the standards established by the Helping Hand Home, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hires, schedules and supervises all kitchen staff to insure quality food services to children and staffers of Helping Hand Home.
  • Plans varied and nutritious meals to ensure children receive sufficient nutrients needed for proper growth and development, according to NSLP guidelines.
  • Prepares and serves attractive and nutritious meals and snacks, according to NSLP guidelines and in accordance with policies of the Home; serves freshly baked goods regularly; ensures there is a balance between processed and fresh foods; introduces the children to unfamiliar foods; serves traditional holiday meals and ethnic foods representing the cultural backgrounds of the children in the Home.
  • Shelves food and kitchen supplies in an organized fashion; ensures adequate food supplies are available in the event of an emergency; disposes of food according to health department standards.
  • Maintains the highest standards of sanitation in the kitchen, pantry and dining areas; ensures any staff or children who assist in the preparation of meals maintain the same high standards of sanitation.
  • Purchases food, kitchen supplies, paper goods, cleaning supplies, towels and  linens.
  • Processes monthly and yearly paperwork for the NSLP and commodity food programs.
  • Conducts monthly inventory of food supplies. This includes completing the yearly Texas Department of Agriculture contract, filling out the survey to receive commodities, securing bids from the Texas 20 Coop for milk, bread, paper and produce companies.
  • Posts weekly and monthly menu plans for staff and children.
  • Maintains all kitchen equipment in good working condition.  The Food Service Manager is responsible for submission of work orders related to all kitchen equipment and work areas.

 Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition or related area or equivalent education and food service experience in accordance with current Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Education Agency and DFPS guidelines.
  • Prior experience with the National School Lunch Program is preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must hold a current Texas driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Current TB test or chest x-ray.
  • First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Current food service manager’s certification is required.


  • Knowledge of policies and procedures of the Helping Hand Home for Children and the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Minimum Standards for residential treatment facilities.
  • Thorough knowledge of nutrition and state standards in storing, preparing, and serving food.
  • Thorough knowledge of proper sanitation methods and safety measures in a kitchen.
  • Skill in planning and preparing quality meals that provide children with sufficient nutrients needed for proper growth and development.
  • Ability to serve as positive role model for the children at the Home; to interact therapeutically with the children and to ensure their emotional well being and physical safety; to follow the Home’s policy on confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect as well as related state laws.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and productively with supervisors and co-workers; to maintain professional relationships; and to resolve conflict appropriately.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally using proper chain of command.
  • Ability to grow professionally and learn new skills; to accept constructive feedback and modify behavior accordingly.
  • Ability to work in a stressful and occasionally unpredictable environment; skill in handling crisis situations without overreaction or loss of objectivity.

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Type: Full Time (Salaried)
Job ID: 42041