Cook (GHS802) in Valhalla, NY at Volunteers of America Greater New York

Date Posted: 7/27/2020

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Job Description

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth. 

VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work. 

Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.

Cook (GHS802)

The Cook is responsible for the planning and preparation of meals for the client population.  Assists the food service manager in the overall operation of food services where applicable.


High School diploma or GED.  Six months experience in menu planning and preparation of bulk quantities of food.  Position requires a food handler certificate within six months of employment.


1.      Prepare bulk quantities of food, maintain portion control and arrange food in an appetizing manner.

2.      Assist in the planning of menus.

3.      Assist in maintaining sanitary conditions and compliance with applicable health department rules and regulations including certificates for food handlers.

4.      Assist in the inventory of foodstuffs, utensils and supplies.

5.      Confirm that food delivery invoices are accurate.

6.      Supervise and train clients in food preparation in applicable programs.

7.      Perform other related duties as required.


1.      Food served is of good quality and high nutritional value.

2.      Menus are well planned ensuring a variety of foods and well-balanced nutrition.

3.      Department is clean and sanitary and complies with health department rules and regulations.

4.      Adequate stock exists for the preparation of meals and inventory records are in compliance with  the agency’s quality control system.

5.      Delivery invoices match monthly statements.

6.      Clients receive valuable training in food preparation.

7.      Related duties are performed completely, accurately and on time.  Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.

Other details

  • Job Family Cooks and Stewards
  • Pay Type Hourly