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The Nashville Food Project

Meals Coordinator

The Nashville Food Project


Job Summary

Mission, Vision, and Values

The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. At The Nashville Food Project, we embrace a vision of vibrant community food security in which everyone in Nashville has access to the food they want and need through a just and sustainable food system. This mission and vision are guided by core organizational values, including hospitality, stewardship, interdependence, learning,  justice, and transformation. 

Organizational Background

The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) was born from the idea that good food is a matter of basic dignity.  Since its start in 2007, TNFP has served thousands of Nashvillians facing food insecurity. In 2011, TNFP  was incorporated as an independent nonprofit, shifting the focus of its meals program toward a collaborative partnership model and launching an urban agriculture program. Today, TNFP continues to connect people to nourishing food and to each other through vibrant urban agriculture projects,  made-from-scratch meals, and food shared with local partners working to disrupt cycles of poverty.

Position Summary

The Meals Coordinator (MC) is a core member of the TNFP Meals Team, supporting the preparation and production of meals across TNFP kitchens. Reporting to the respective kitchen manager, the MC works with 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 facility 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


  • ServSafe certified or willing to become certified
  • Cooperative, strong work ethic, and a positive attitude
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • A passion for great food and interest in food justice work

Additional Information


This is a full-time, non-exempt hourly position up to 40 hours per week. This position may require limited evening shifts facilitating volunteers as scheduled.

The hourly rate for this role ranges from $19 to $21, commensurate with experience. TNFP offers a benefits package for full-time employees including:

  • 75% employer-paid health insurance, with voluntary dental and vision insurance
  • 25% employer-paid health insurance for spouses and dependents
  • Employer-paid term-life and AD&D insurance, and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Cell phone stipend
  • 9 paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
  • Flexible Time Off (FTO)
  • 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.

In all aspects of its work, The Nashville Food Project strives for a culture of inclusivity and fairness without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.


  • Date Posted: March 13, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 04/15/2024
  • Salary Range: $19.00-$21.00 per hour
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk