It’s not every day you can join an organization whose mission inspires you. The Berkeley Food Network (BFN) is a young and rapidly growing non-profit organization using innovative strategies to address food insecurity in the Berkeley-Albany area. We work through a community-centered, collaborative process to source and prepare healthy food and get it to people who need it. We source over 100,000 pounds of food a month. In addition to our on-site client-choice pantry, we distribute that food to nearly 60 unique sites across Berkeley and Albany, working with nearly as many organizations. We also provide food to 25 other food assistance organizations in Berkeley and Albany. We feed over 6,000 people every week
The Berkeley Food Network has one open position:
Our Hub Kitchen Program operates in conjunction with our Food Recovery Program (FRP), in which we recover healthy excess food from local food businesses, farms, grocery stores, and restaurants. Our FRP provides us with a more abundant variety of healthy foods to serve our clients and diverts edible food from the waste stream, in turn reducing greenhouse gases. So far in 2021, we have, on average, recovered 50,000+ pounds of excess food a month.
The Hub Kitchen Program converts 10-15% of our recovered food into approximately 800 delicious, nutritionally balanced, individually packaged meals a week for distribution to our food-insecure community members through our Mobile and On-site Pantry Programs and through partnerships with other food-assistance programs in Berkeley. Our frozen meals are especially popular with clients who may not have the capacity, equipment, or ability to prepare their own meals.
As Hub Kitchen Manager at BFN, you will use your considerable culinary and organizational skills and your creativity to expand and innovate on our current Hub Kitchen Program. You will manage a professional kitchen and the diverse group of people who volunteer in it. You will have the opportunity to flex your creativity in designing menus around an ever-changing selection of ingredients, and a vested interest in maximizing the use of our recovered food to create delicious and nutritious meals for the food-insecure members of our community. You will report directly to the Director of Programs and Partnerships and work closely with our Food Recovery Program manager.
The Impact You Will Have
Kitchen Management and Meal Production (80%)
- Elevate our use of recovered food
- Work in tandem with Director of Programs and Partnerships to evolve kitchen program, including transitioning to new kitchen space and developing new projects.
- Assist Food Recovery Manager with food recovery intake in our warehouse, and train volunteers as needed for this process.
- Plan meals based on recovered food items available.
- Assess recovered food for its use in Hub Kitchen.
- Create recipes for delicious and nutritious meals that freeze well and are nutritionally balanced.
- Produce meals
- Prepare a target of 1,000 individually packed, frozen meals weekly.
- Plan and prepare congregate-style lunch for 120-140 unhoused individuals for a local service provider, 2 days per week.
- Maintain a pantry of food items to supplement recovered food and ensure that kitchen is properly supplied with required equipment; manage food and equipment purchasing budget.
- Build and maintain strong relationships
- Communicate with rental kitchen staff and maintain positive relationships in a shared kitchen space.
- Lead a team of volunteers in food production, ensuring both personal and food safety. Teach proper equipment use and efficient cooking techniques.
- Maximize our use of space
- Keep kitchen food and supply storage areas organized and clean.
- Maintain and manage inventory of finished meals, packaging supplies, and dry goods.
- Manage transport of all ingredients and supplies to off-site kitchen and back to BFN warehouse.
*Please note that we are currently renting a kitchen space 3 days a week. As we transition to a full-time kitchen, you will be doing more work in our food recovery and operational warehouse.*
- Volunteer management
- Recruit volunteers as needed
- Maintain volunteer calendar
- Manage volunteer and partner communications via email, text, slack
- Partnership development
- Research possible partners for food donations and purchasing
- Occasionally appear in interviews and other media representing BFN
- Design social media posts representing kitchen program
What We Look For
You are someone who is excited to collaborate and lead on the restructuring of our current Hub Kitchen Program. You welcome the opportunity to do black box menu planning and cooking. You are able to work with a diverse group of people in a fast-paced environment, inspiring them to create delicious, nutritious and imaginative meals. You are committed to social, racial, food, and environmental justice, and want to make long-term improvements in the health of our communities and our food systems.
- 5+ years professional kitchen experience
- Proficiency in recipe development, menu planning, food storage, and safe food handling
- 2+ years supervising and inspiring staff or volunteers, experience with volunteers preferred
- Strong sense of ownership and accountability for work, excellent attention to detail and commitment to ingredients
- Ability to engage with and support cooks with varying skill levels
- Food Safe Manager’s Certification
- Valid Driver’s License
This job requires that you can exert force and/or lift or carry items weighing up to 50 pounds and have the ability to walk, sit, squat, bend, twist, reach above and below shoulder height, push, pull, lift, and carry.
This is a full time, salaried position, paying $58,000 a year . Benefits include medical, dental, vision, employee assistance package, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, disability insurance, retirement, and generous vacation and sick leave.
At the Berkeley Food Network, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone can excel. We take great care to ensure that our hiring practices are inclusive and meet equal employment opportunity standards. Individuals looking for employment at BFN are considered without regard to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
To apply for this position, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 1st.