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The Nashville Food Project

Procurement 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 Procurement Coordinator (PC) is a key member of the TNFP Meals Team, providing support to both food recovery and community meals programs. Reporting to the Director of Procurement (DP), the PC provides support on procurement and donation routes, facilitates donations, supports meal preparation and production, and assists with maintaining the organization of the kitchen.

Job Responsibilities

Food Recovery

  • Assist the DP with loading and unloading recovered food and food donations, covering routes as needed
  • Weigh, log, sort, label, and store food donations as they are received
  • Issue in-kind donation receipts for recovered and/or donated food upon request
  • Coordinate delivery of on-site donations and collaborate with the Meals Team to determine the suitability of donations
  • Serve as a liaison between TNFP kitchens for food-sharing opportunities, assisting in the transport of items back and forth
  • Coordinate receipt, organization, and storage of food drives and other food donations
  • Collaborate with the Fleet & Facilities Manager to ensure TNFP food recovery vehicles are in good working order
  • Support strong partnerships by acting as a friendly representative of TNFP to our partners
  • Ensure food storage areas are well-organized and maintained according to TNFP standards
  • Steward the highest, best use of ingredients according to TNFP’s Food Donations Policy
  • Ensure that food recovery and storage adhere to health department codes at all times
  • Provide periodic marketing support with photos and content for social media
  • Attend weekly staff and team meetings

Meal Production

  • Support prep and meal production as needed
  • 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



  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Ability to drive TNFP box truck and other delivery vehicles
  • Ability to regularly lift and move 30-50 pounds and be comfortable with strenuous activities
  • Self-starter and comfortable working both independently as well as part of a team
  • Highly organized with attention to detail, record keeping, and time management skills
  • Cooperative work ethic and positive attitude; conscientious, flexible, and self-motivated


  • Minimum of 2 years experience in the culinary and/or hospitality industry
  • 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

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.

The Nashville Food Project does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.


  • 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