Job Location: Grand Rapids, MN 

Number of Openings: 2

Job Summary

Prepare nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks for Head Start participants in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and CACFP guidelines. Help to promote child wellness by providing nutrition services that supplement and complement those of the home and community.

Application for Employment

Job Posting Information


  • High School Diploma and additional training.
  • More than 1 year experience in cooking for groups, ordering, receiving, and maintaining inventory.
  • Driver’s License & ability to transport meals
  • DHS Background Study
  • Employee Physical, TB Risk Assessment, & COVID-19 Vaccination


  • On-call with no scheduled hours
  • 12 months per year
  • Daytime weekday shift- no nights, weekends, or holiday shifts.
  • Grand Rapids,  MN


  • Wage Scale of $16.37 to $25.12/hour
  • Scheduled Raises & Cost of Living Allowances


  • Retirement Plan with option for employer contribution
  • Tuition Assistance opportunities & Loan Forgiveness qualifying credit
  • Many Training and Professional Development opportunities.

Job Description


  • Skills
    • Ability to proficiently operate copy/fax machines, telephone, and computers and software, including email, spreadsheets and word processing.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to manage time that results in both a satisfactory quantity and quality of work.
  • Abilities
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Must be able to handle diverse work problems on a daily basis.
    • Must be able to organize a work schedule, set priorities and work effectively to meet deadlines without supervision.
    • Must be able to adjust to changes necessitated by last minute assignments and deadline requests that may prove stressful.
    • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed in order to meet the needs of the clients.
    • Attend trainings, classes, and meetings as necessary to improve job skills and maintain an acceptable level of job performance.
  • Other Knowledge
    • Sanitation procedures
    • CACFP regulations
    • Food Code compliance documentation
    • Foodborne Disease Prevention

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned.

Area 1: Food Service Operations

  • Provide 1/3-2/3 of child’s daily nutritional needs by preparing breakfast, lunch, and snacks that meet CACFP guidelines for meal patterns; Quantities and kinds of food served must conform to recommended serving sizes and minimum standards for meal patterns by CACFP; Analyze food labels for nutrient value of foods.
  • Ensure nutritional services contribute to development and socialization of children.
  • Prepare and serve a nourishing breakfast for children who arrive in the morning.
  • Transport and serve meals to off-site center as directed, ensuring food safety.
  • Prepare snacks as needed for off-site experiences. Adjust delivery time of meals as directed.
  • Accommodate medically based diets or other dietary requirements. Prepare foods following doctor orders for special diets.
  • Provide opportunity for children to be involved in food related activities. Prepare food items as directed for child related activities.
  • Serve food family style, making utensils available that children can use to serve themselves.
  • Complete tasks necessary for the orderly operation of the food service area, under the direction of the Food Service Coordinator.

Area 2: Assist Food Service Coordinator

  • A• Assist Food Service Coordinator in ensuring that:
    o Quantities and kinds of food served conform to recommend serving sizes and minimum standards for meal patterns by CACFP.
    o Food served is high in nutrients; low in fat, sugar, and salt.
    o Meal times are appropriately scheduled to ensure individual needs are met.
    o Nutritious snacks available at all times. Examples: fruit, vegetable sticks, whole grain products.
    • Assist Food Service Coordinator in planning monthly menus. Be open to parent and agency suggestions for meals.
    • Assist Food Service Coordinator in preparing a variety of foods which consider cultural and ethnic preferences.
    • Assist Food Service Coordinator in serving a variety of foods that broadens child’s food experience. Prepare new foods and offer a small amount of new food with familiar foods.
    • Fill in for Food Service Coordinator as needed, including but not limited to:
    o keeping accurate records documenting menus,
    o recording the number of meals prepared for children and adults, and
    o keeping food production records to assure compliance with USDA reimbursement policies and Head Start regulations.

Area 3: Cleaning & Sanitization

  • Perform daily cleaning and sanitizing of dishes, counter tops, appliances, and sinks.
  • Perform weekly cleaning of front and side of counters and organizing of shelves and cupboards.
  • Perform monthly cleaning of refrigerator, freezer and sanitizing of trash containers.
  • Perform quarterly cleaning of all shelves (removing all items), floor, oven and burners.
  • Perform other cleaning tasks as indicated on cleaning schedule or by Food Service Coordinator.
  • Ensure rotation of stock.

Area 4: Program Compliance

  • Know policies and procedures in Minnesota Department of Health Food and Beverage Code, CACFP Guidelines, and Head Start Performance Standards that relate to food preparation and service. Post evidence of compliance with all State food safety and sanitation laws.
  • Conduct meal count audits monthly with Head Start Office Coordinator.

Area 5: Health & Safety

  • Observe and view all areas of the food service area and respond immediately and appropriately in the event of an emergency by evacuating children if necessary.
  • Report any hazards or unsafe conditions to the Food Service Coordinator.

Job Factors

Supervision of Others: 

  • Not responsible for supervision of others

Safety of Others

  • Modest amount of responsibility for the safety of others. Compliance with established safety regulations for the job performed mitigates exposure to injury of self or others.


  • Contact is with immediate associates and own managers.

Physical Demand

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Requires sitting, standing, bending, stooping and reaching.


  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and current auto insurance coverage in compliance with Minnesota State guidelines on the vehicle used for work related travel.
  • Travel for completion of job duties, trainings and meetings as required.

General Agency Requirements


  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with clients, customers, co-workers, providers, volunteers, and supervisors.
  • Treat clients, co-workers, and the public in a respectful and courteous manner at all times.
  • Continue to develop skills and abilities.

Community Representation:

  • Represent KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. in a positive manner.
  • Adhere to the Community Action Code of Ethics.
  • Seek to understand poverty and the barriers faced by community members.


  • Maintain confidentiality of agency, program, and client information.

KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) Employer. We recruit, hire, place, promote, terminate, layoff, recall, transfer, compensate, and train without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This information will be made available in alternative formats upon request.