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Food Services and ADS Assistant



Job Summary

Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless champion for older adults living their best lives? To make a real difference in the Greater Nashville area?  If the answer is yes, come join our team!

FiftyForward has an excellent opportunity for a Food Services and ADS Assistant at our FiftyForward Patricia Hart Building location across from The Fairgrounds in the Wedgewood/Houston area.  This is a full-time position with regular weekday hours, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm.

The Food Services and ADS Assistant will support meal provision for FiftyForward Fresh/Meals on Wheels and FiftyForward Adult Day Services (ADS) customers through prepping and plating lunch meals, preparing and plating Adult Day Services breakfast and snacks, and work with volunteers to assist in meal prep.  Additionally, you will be instrumental in supporting the FiftyForward Adult Day Services program by providing assistance to participants and with program activities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the preparation and plating of Adult Day Service (ADS) and FiftyForward Fresh/Meals on Wheels lunchtime meals provided by The Nashville Food Project.
  • Lead the preparation and plating of breakfast and afternoon snacks for ADS customers.
  • Maintain quality control of fresh foods by keeping perishable foods rotated and shelved for timely use and/or distribution.
  • Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of kitchen, prep area, pantry, and ensuring safety and sanitation regulations are met/exceeded as determined by the Metro Health Department.
  • Foster a welcoming and collaborative environment for volunteers in the kitchen. Oversee tasks of volunteers in the kitchen to assure that meals are available daily and on schedule. Ensure consistency in food safety, sanitation and cooking practices.
  • Meet with Adult Day Services staff and supervisor regularly to plan and discuss food needs.
  • Under supervisor’s direction, maintain records of inventory and other necessary documentation.
  • When not in the kitchen, you’ll assist with ADS activities and supervision of program participants ensuring safety and promoting program and participant success.
  • Monitor, encourage, assist, and lead program participants. Escort participants to and from activities and transportation. Assist with distribution of meals and snacks. Assist with program transportation.
  • Assist with program recordkeeping and completion of program requirements. Follow and complete daily tasks.
  • Follow organization’s safety and emergency procedures.



  • An interest in working directly with older adults to promote and uphold FiftyForward’s mission of supporting, championing, and enhancing life for those 50 and older.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Proven ability to be flexible and work cooperatively with internal and external customers including members, constituents, and providers.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization, customer service, and time and task management.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.


  • Education:  High school diploma or GED. Sufficient applicable experience may be substituted for education.
  • 1 to 3 years’ experience in food services preferred.
  • 1 to 3 years’ experience with older adults, caregiving experience and/or experience driving a group passenger vehicle preferred.
  • Must be First Aid/CPR and ServSafe-certified or able to obtain certification.
  • A valid TN driver’s license including a good motor vehicle record, and appropriate automobile insurance.

Additional Information


  • Comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, vision, disability, accident, critical illness, cancer, long term care, Life, AD&D, FSA and HSA
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays – including the week between Christmas and New Years
  • Paid birthday off
  • 401K
  • Employee assistance program
  • Community involvement
  • Development opportunities

How to Apply

To join our team, please visit our careers website

FiftyForward is the leading resource for adults 50+ in Middle Tennessee who seek to live longer, more fulfilling lives.  We are the premier provider of innovative programs and services for older adults and their families through a powerful leadership team of staff, volunteers, and community partners touching the lives of more than 20,000 individuals annually.  Through seven locations and a variety of programs in Davidson and Williamson counties, we provide enrichment opportunities for adults 50 and older to remain engaged and living their lives to the fullest. 

FiftyForward is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, disability, national origin, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


  • Date Posted: June 17, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm