Horizons: A Family Service Alliance

Cedar Rapids, IA Restaurant & Food Service / General Help

Responsible for but not limited to food preparation, packaging, and clean-up of menu items for the Horizons meal programs. All work shall be done in accordance with Iowa Public Health and Safety codes and with any policies and procedures of Horizons and the Meals on Wheels program. 



1.     Assists with preparation of cold food, dessert, special diets, and working ahead to ensure items are ready for packing in coolers when needed.

2.     Assists with hot food production working ahead to ensure timely hot meals.

3.     Assist with preparation and presentation of food for events. 

4.     Assists with Lunch Club from preparation through clean-up.

5.     Staff events as needed in cooperation with Breakfast Bag and Kitchen Manager.

6.     Document production details and quantities and assist kitchen manager with inventory requirements.

7.     Participate in menu planning as needed with Kitchen Manager.

8.     Foster a team approach by assisting other Meals on Wheels staff with tasks as needed and expressing a positive, cooperative attitude.

9.     Identify and continuously clean kitchen facilities on a daily and weekly basis.

10. Note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



1.     All employees shall be responsible to learn and comply with all safety and health rules and regulations applicable to their work. It is their further responsibility to support Horizons in providing a safe place to work and to protect themselves, co-workers, and clients against injuries or illnesses.

2.     Understand HIPAA regulations and report potential infractions to Human Resources.

3.     Recognize and build on the cultural diversity of our clients and co-workers. Display sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences of staff and clients.

4.     Attend training as directed; attains agency, funders and state training requirements.

5.     Actively, assertively, and thoughtfully participates in staff meetings on a regular basis, as scheduled by the supervisor.

6.     Includes volunteers in department and job function.




Must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be able to read and write. Preferred 3 to 5 years’ experience preferred in food service with some large batch cooking



The Cook position is supervised by the Kitchen Manager. Assisting with the direction of volunteers is a possibility for this role.



Hours for this position are 6:30am- 2:30pm Monday- Friday.



Ability to calculate and adjust recipes to fit needs. Be able to lift at least 40 lbs safely and stand and walk for long periods of time. Willingness to learn all jobs within the kitchen.

This position is a mandatory abuse reporter and must be re-certified every five years. 

Must acquire Safe Serve Certification.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Horizons is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



1.     Must provide vehicle for own transportation.

2.     Must possess a valid Iowa driver’s license.

3.     Must possess valid auto insurance.

4.     Must supply all needed records

5.     Must be able to be certified as not having been involved in abuse to children or adults.

6.     Must be able to be certified as not having been involved in criminal activity.



Family: We go above and beyond for each other at Horizons because we believe in one another. Treating each other with respect, providing support and giving trust. We come together to celebrate our accomplishments. We encourage the heart.

Team Work: We work together toward common goals. We understand the value of collaboration in the workplace. We communicate and get involved at Horizons to help our community. With a sense of unity, reliability and flexibility to change, which supports an empowered way of working. We enable others to act.

Accountability: We do what we say we will do, with an ownership mentality. Holding each other accountable by being clear with expectations and feedback. We build trust through accomplished goals.

Integrity: We demonstrate sound moral and ethical principles in all that we do. We foster honesty, trust, and clear, frequent communication. We lead by example and model the way.

Knowledge: We seek to understand the ‘Why’. We challenge the process and strive to continuously grow. We are aware and share information to make good decisions.  We are a team of lifelong learners that are committed to developing leaders.

Compassion: We seek to understand the feelings of others while showing kindness & respect. We desire to help others. We are committed to our mission to instill hope, change lives, and brighten futures of those we serve through the work we do.

Open-mindedness: Horizons encourages creativity and new ideas. We embrace diversity while recognizing and respecting others’ points of view. We pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. We have a drive to learn.

Building Relationships: Horizons' employees build strong and diverse relationships with all of our Stakeholders and the community we serve. We communicate openly and honestly as we listen to understand. Horizons Inspires a shared Vision.

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