School Food Service Cook

Plan and prepare nutritionally balanced meals that meet the federal programs that provide healthy food to children (National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program). Work closely with the Burlington School Food Project who administers the school food program. The cook also interacts with students during meal times, talking with them about food education.


  • Prepares food by following proper food safety and sanitation procedures
  • Works with direction from Burlington School Food Project to prepare various fruits and vegetables for all meals
  • Prepares for serving meals to customers, cleaning of kitchen and equipment, and washing dishes, pots, utensils, etc
  • Creates and prepares menu and other items that reflect both a variety and an understanding of nutritious meals for kids
  • Orders and purchases supplies, staying within budget
  • Engage in positive, healthy interactions with students
  • Attends scheduled staff/faculty meetings


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Experience with food preparation, ordering of food and supplies
  • Valid driver's license and use of a personal vehicle


  • This is a part time position, 24 hours per week

Perks & Benefits:

- Comprehensive BCBS Medical with agency-paid premium support for individuals, couples, and families 
- Delta dental 
- Generous time off starting at 36 days of combined time off per year for full-time employees (and increasing with years of service); pro-rated for positions 16 hours or more
- Agency paid 401K retirement and additional incentive match program
- Life insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Childcare stipend
- Employee Assistance Program
- Employee referral program with financial payment
- Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
- Award-winning workplace wellness program HC4ME including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
- Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!

Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.