Food Program Cook

Food Program Cook | Position Description

YWCA Dayton, dedicated to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our Food Operations Team. The Cook helps facilitate meal service for clients and residents of our shelter and permanent housing programs. This person supports the mission, vision, and values of YWCA Dayton.


  • Cook and serve two meals daily
  • Prepare continental breakfast daily
  • Plan and schedule meals
  • Prepare meals in advance for extended shelters’ use
  • Keep and report inventory/stock
  • Interpret and/or standardize recipes
  • Cook in bulk and use commercial kitchen equipment
  • Stock snacks, condiments, beverages for clients and staff
  • Organize and rotate inventory (FIFO)
  • Maintain kitchen hygiene and sanitation
  • Labeling food items
  • Work with and delegate tasks to volunteer kitchen staff
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Read and interpret nutrition facts labels and list ingredients
  • Assist clients in obtaining food from the Food Pantry


  • Culinary and/or food service experience
  • Food handlers certification preferred
  • Possess an acute eye for food aesthetics and quality
  • Able to lift 30+ pounds and frequently bend


  • High school diploma/GED required
  • 2 years+ of commercial kitchen experience preferred


  • $15.03 – $16.00 per hour
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Generous PTO and holiday pay
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Long term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • YWCA Retirement Fund
    • Automatic enrollment in the YWCA National Retirement Fund upon completion of two years of employment (1,000 hours or more worked per year). Employer contributes 7.5% and YWCA USA contributes 3% to contribute a total of 10.5% of gross pay.

YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.