Requisition Number:2023-HS/C-025
Department:Head Start and Children's Services
Employee Type:Regular
Hours Per Week:35


Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) stands as Boston's largest community action agency. Since its inception, ABCD has been deeply committed to promoting self-help efforts for low-income families and individuals. We offer a wide array of programs that cover all stages of life, from infant care to elder services, and ensure that every individual, regardless of their background, has an opportunity to thrive in their community. Every year, we touch the lives of more than 100,000 Greater Boston residents, creating ripples of positive change.

Why Work Here:

  • Make a Difference: Every day, your work directly impacts the lives of thousands in the Greater Boston community, empowering them and making positive, lasting change.
  • Inclusive Environment: ABCD values the diversity of its workforce, with an inclusive culture that respects individuality and promotes collaboration.
  • Continuous Learning: We offer numerous training and development opportunities, ensuring our staff remain at the forefront of community action methodologies and strategies.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: At ABCD, we take care of our own, providing a competitive benefits package, including health coverage and retirement plans.
  • A Legacy of Impact: Join an organization that boasts a legacy spanning over half a century, consistently championing the rights and needs of our community's most vulnerable.
  • Teamwork & Camaraderie: Be a part of a passionate team, united in their mission to combat poverty, and ensure every individual can reach their fullest potential.
ABCD Head Start & Children's Services is a family development program serving children from birth to age five, as well as pregnant women. Part of a highly successful national program, we provide comprehensive services to the whole family and foster a safe, creative learning environment to support children in school readiness and their social-emotional development. We are looking for dedicated individuals who want to make a meaningful impact on the communities we serve!

Essential Duties:
  • Responsible for the preparation, service and storage of nutritious meals and snacks for Head Start/Early Head Start Center.
  • Implement cycle menu in accordance with ABCD policies, procedures, and established practices; budget requirements, Head Start Performance Standards, and guidance established by CACFP.
  • Maintain weekly food inventory system for ordering food and supplies.
  • Ensure weekly ordering of food and supplies needed for meals and snacks served on site and for field trips, and where applicable, for other program activities from appropriate vendors.
  • Ensure that all incoming food orders and supplies are of the proper quantity and quality at time of delivery. In collaboration with Health & Nutrition staff, plans and prepares alternative meals for children with food allergies, in accordance with individual meal plans, state food code regulations and food allergen and contamination protocols.
  • Maintain all required CACFP paperwork including but not limited to; menu production records, menu changes and cultural meals, temperature logs, inventories, cycle menus, and food purchase receipts.
  • Identify equipment repair or maintenance needs and submit requests in a timely manner.
  • Ensure maintenance of kitchen, food services utensils, equipment, and food storage areas to standards mandated by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and best practices with regards to food safety and sanitation.
  • Check all incoming food orders against invoices for quantity and quality at the time of delivery, and report any problems to the nutrition coordinator or the nutritionist.
  • Participate in nutrition education activities for children, parents and staff.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
  • Minimum of up to twelve months of relevant experience and a high school diploma or equivalent required
  • Employees must pass ServSafe Food Manager Certification within six months of hire.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to read, maintain records and prepare simple written reports.
  • Demonstrated ability in quantity food preparation. Ability to work as a team member, collaborating with coworkers.
  • Must have the capability to engage in the physical activities of the job responsibilities listed above, including without limitation, the capability to lift and move heavy objects such as food for storage, preparation and cleaning.
  • Ability to travel for program needs and on and off-site training as needed.
Location: Agency wide