Community Cafe Cook

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $18,000
Maximum: $20,000



Start Date



2094 Fulton Street
New York
United States


Title: Community Café Cook

Reports To: Community Café Chef (primary) and Operations Manager (secondary)

Hours: 20 hours a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Description of Organization: Neighbors Together is a dynamic soup kitchen and social service center committed to ending hunger and poverty in the Ocean Hill, Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn, three of the lowest-income areas in New York City. We serve 80,000 meals annually through our Community Café, connect hundreds of individuals and families to vital resources beyond food (such as housing and job training), and provide community organizing and leadership development to empower our members to advocate for hunger-ending public policies.

Position Description: Neighbors Together seeks a Community Café Cook to join our Café’s four-person team and ensure the efficient, clean and respectful operation of Neighbors Together’s daily soup kitchen. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing ingredients for meals served to our guests in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, maintaining inventory, janitorial duties, and supervising volunteers who are critical team members in the day-to-day operations of the Café.

Key Responsibilities: Essential Community Café Cook functions include but are not limited to:

 Prepare delicious and nutritious lunch and dinner meals for Community Café guests, with a focus on high quality flavor and diverse seasoning of meats, fish, vegetables, grains and other healthy foods.

 Prep all ingredients for the next day’s meals as directed by Community Café Chef for lunch and dinner

 Ability to creatively utilize fresh produce and other ingredients to deliver delicious meals.

 Maintain consistency and excellence to ensure that all lunch and dinner meals are of high quality.

 Work with Community Café Chef to create a weekly menu that is both nutritious and delicious for lunch and dinner.

 Train, supervise and delegate tasks to volunteers to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

 Set an example of excellent customer service.

 Work with Café Maintenance Manager to maintain cleanliness and organization of kitchen, dining room, storage areas, restroom, and basement.

 Maintain New York City Department of Health food safety standards.

 Work with Café Operations Manager to maintain food and supply inventory.

 Receive, label and store weekly food deliveries according to DOH policies

 Ensure that all stations remain stocked before and during the meal period.

 Actively participate as a member of the Neighbors Together 10-person staff by attending staff meetings, Community Café group supervision meetings, and individual supervision sessions.

 Perform all other duties as assigned to ensure the high quality functioning of the Community Café and Neighbors Together as a whole.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

 Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

 Ability to plan ahead while managing day-to-day operations

 Desire to work hard as part of a team and to improve on the job

 Ability to work collaboratively and participate in a dynamic team environment

 Positive, proactive, reliable and personable team player.

 Excellent customer service and communication skills.

 Deep respect for low-income people and special interest in social justice

Experience & Qualifications:

 Previous experience working as a cook and/or line cook in the food industry

 Certified Food Handler’s Certificate from the NYC Department of Health

 ServSafe Certified

 Ability to lift 50 pounds on a daily basis

 Reading/writing skills


Paid personal, vacation, sick and holidays

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Please provide a detailed resume and a cover letter discussing your interest in the position and a career in culinary.