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Community Food Organiser

At a glance

National Food Service London
Employer
£12.80 per hour
Salary
22/01/2021
Closing date
Freelance, 6 months
Contract
12 hours per week
Hours

Community Food Organiser Roles & Responsibilities

  • Set up a community cafe at Elizabeth House
  • Ensure stock levels are maintained
  • Maintain up-to-date monitoring and impact records.
  • Ensure meals are cooked to a high nutritional and safety standard.
  • Ensure health and safety compliance in the kitchen, following our food safety policy and risk assessments.
  • Liaise with activities and group organisers that sign up for lunch including number of portions and dietary requirements
  • Provide administrative support to the Community Cooks programme
  • Ensure the rota is up-to-date and new volunteers receive the training they need
  • Generate trading income through pay-as-you-can/suggested donation lunches for members of the public.
  • Develop a system for the preparation of additional meals to be distributed in takeaway containers to people in need of cooked meal provision. 

About You

Essential

  • Passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking
  • Appreciation for the role of food in bringing people together and strengthening community connections
  • A strong passion for tackling the integrated issues of food justice, social isolation and food waste.
  • Experience working in a community cafe or kitchen
  • Skills in community organising
  • Personable, friendly and approachable
  • Highly organised, good communication skills, proactive and a self-starter
  • Confident using software, including spreadsheets
  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of collaborative organising, exploring power dynamics and collective care. Engaged with, knowledge of and personal work in anti-racism, feminism and intersectionality. A willingness and openness to learn, knowledge share and self-educate around these topics

Desirable

  • Experience managing a cafe, stock management and volunteer management. 

About National Food Service London and Elizabeth House

National Food Service London is on a mission to reimagine an accessible, fair and nutritious food system through community self-organisation. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, NFS London’s emergency food response has cooked and delivered over 20,000 meals to people and families in need of access to food support. We supplied vegetarian and vegan cooked meals for Elizabeth House’s emergency response. Elizabeth House supported local residents with food, toiletries and essential items throughout the first and second lockdowns and still continue to proactively support the local community.

In the wake of the pandemic, we need to work together to build long lasting solutions to end food insecurity and strive for food sovereignty for ourselves, our neighbours and everyone in our community. 

At Elizabeth House Community Centre, we believe sharing meals is integral to realising a healthy community. Eating together nourishes us with food and social connections. There are very few options in the local area to access affordable, nutritious hot food, so we are dreaming up a space where anyone can visit for a hot meal and a friendly conversation. 

We are looking for a community organiser to bring together local people that love to cook to make meals for our community to share. The project will be led by local residents that get involved. Your role will be to bring people together and facilitate a space for learning, knowledge sharing, experimentation and connection. 

How To Apply

Email a CV and cover letter to northlondon@nationalfoodservice.uk by 22nd January 2021. We accept cover letters in a range of formats, including written, audio recording and video recording. We ask that the cover letter in the written form is no longer than 1 side of A4 or an audio or video recording is no longer than 3 minutes. 

We endeavour to make this application process as accessible as possible, if you have any questions or requests that will support your application please contact northlondon@nationalfoodservice.uk.

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