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The Nashville Food Project

Meals Coordinator

The Nashville Food Project


Job Summary

The Meals Coordinator (MC) is a core member of the TNFP culinary operations team, supporting the preparation of meals in TNFP kitchens. Reporting to the respective kitchen manager, the MC works with both staff and volunteers to consistently meet deadlines for meal preparation and service, maintains kitchen cleanliness, and ensures best practices are used across culinary operations.

Job Responsibilities

Meal Production
● Provide direct support in the preparation and cooking of TNFP meals
● Maintain the highest best-use of ingredients in accordance with TNFP’s Food Donations Policy
● Support the creation of prep lists for ongoing meal production and volunteer sessions
● Support kitchen managers in the day-to-day production of all meals and snacks
● Collaborate with kitchen managers and procurement staff to utilize donated and gleaned
ingredients in a timely manner and identify targeted items to procure from farms
● Communicate major inventory changes or needs to kitchen managers
● Report any needed equipment or facilities repairs to kitchen managers
● Work conscientiously to minimize waste through careful use of ingredients
● Ensure Health Department codes are adhered to at all times
● Ensure that all required tasks are completed daily
● Maintain accurate meal records, and food labeling, and provide data as requested

Volunteer Facilitation
● Actively demonstrate hospitality and learning when interacting with staff and volunteers
● Create a welcoming atmosphere and meaningful experiences for all volunteers
● Provide hands-on training to staff, volunteers, and interns as needed
● Provide marketing support for the meals program, including articles for newsletters and
photos/content for social media


Ability to regularly lift and move at least 30 pounds
● Willingness and ability to manage volunteers with varying levels of skill
● Ability to complete multiple tasks in a fast-paced kitchen environment
● Hard-working, conscientious, communicative and responsible
● A passion for stewardship of gleaned and/or donated resources and food waste prevention
● Minimum of 2 years experience in the culinary and/or hospitality industry, preferred

Additional Information


Starting compensation is $18-19 per hour, commensurate with experience. TNFP offers a benefits package for full-time employees that starts immediately upon employment and includes:
● 75% employer-paid health insurance and voluntary dental and vision insurance
● Employer-paid term-life and AD&D insurance, and long-term disability insurance
● Cell phone stipend
● Nine paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
● Paid Time Off (PTO) and parental leave
● Ongoing training and professional development opportunities

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in our work and mission to info@thenashvillefoodproject.org. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


  • Date Posted: September 29, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Philanthropy / CSR
  • Salary Range: $18 - $19 per hour