Proyecto Pastoral,

Nutrition Assistant

13 days ago
Employment type
Part time, Non Exempt
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Proyecto Pastoral was founded in 1986 to empower the community through grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service. Our programs include the Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP), emergency shelter combined with support services that help men and senior women transition into independent living; IMPACTO, an after school academic enrichment program for K-12 youth and the Aliso-Pico Recreation Center; Early Childhood Education Centers, focused on preparing children 18 months to 4 years old for Kindergarten; Comunidad en Movimiento, focused on civic engagement and leadership development; and Promesa Boyle Heights through which a 14-member collaborative of organizations and schools strive to create an educational cradle to college and career pathway for our youth. Proyecto Pastoral serves over 4,000 children, youth, and families.

About this job

Key responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the kitchen nutritionist and supervision of the Director of Early Childhood Education, the nutrition assistant supports the kitchen nutritionist with the food preparation for children and the day-to-day functions in maintaining a clean, effective and sanitize workspace.

Reports to: Program Director

Hourly: $16.50 - $18.50 depending on experience

Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, Monday through Friday (7:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Roles & responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities:

This position consists of routine food preparation duties and other kitchen responsibilities to ensure timely service and compliance with the Child and Adult Care Food Program standards (CACFP) while assisting the kitchen nutritionist.

● Assist with preparing a workstation with required meal ingredients and equipment.

● Assist with sanitizing of the kitchen before and after use.

● Assist with cooking of the daily meals for breakfast, lunch and snack.

● Wash, disinfect and sanitize dishes used daily.

● Ensure food brought from the grocery store is labeled accordingly to its expired due date, inventoried and in its properly stored unit.

● Support with taking the temperature of food, refrigerator, and freezer.

● Support with maintaining records of menus and meal preparation logs.

● Able to follow recipes and ensure children with allergies are served correct meals.

● Support with chopping, dicing food and cutting of food.

● Assist with placing all required food components and food tableware onto carts.

● Help with taking children’s meal carts to and from the kitchen to each classroom.

● Other kitchen duties as assigned.


Knowledge and Skills:

● Able to work independently and as a team member.

● Able to follow instructions and be flexible in the work environment.

● Able to read food labels and food accommodations prescribed for children with special meal accommodations.

● Must understand and properly implement the proper disinfected and sanitizing procedures.

● Must have basic knife skills.

● Must be able to properly use basic kitchen appliances and food handling etiquette.

● Must always maintain healthy hygiene.

● Must be able to participate in professional development and meetings.

● Must have basic computer skills to enable use of online professional development, and review of CACFP recipes.

● Must obtain the food handler certificate within the first 3 months of hire.

Physical abilities:

There may be instances where the individual will carry items weighing 15 – 30 lbs. Will at times twist at the waist, bend using knees and reach overhead. Use fingers and hands constantly.

Education and Experience:

● Certified food handler certificate preferred but not required at time of hire.

● At least one year of experience working in the food industry or in an early learning kitchen.

● Experience working with under-served communities and families.

● Familiar with the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Prior to hire, the following must be completed, and proof of completion received by Proyecto Pastoral:

● Clear criminal record with the Department of Justice and California Department of Social Services following a fingerprint screening.

● Proof of the absence of Tuberculosis, from a physician, to show that the prospective employee is cleared to work with children and families.

● Proof of the COVID-19, MMR and Tdap vaccines.

● Proof of an up-to-date pediatric CPR/1st Aid and Health & Safety certificate for childcare or obtain a certificate within the first 6 months of hire.

To apply

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Only emailed applications will be accepted, please indicate “Nutrition Assistant” in the subject of the email.