Onslow Community Outreach is seeking to hire a soup kitchen director. The director is responsible for activities to reduce hunger and food insecurity in the Onslow community; serves as the primary representative of the Soup Kitchen and is a key member of the agency’s management team. Volunteer recruitment and sustainment is a critical responsibility of the position.
The ideal candidate will have the following capabilities and qualities in operations, resource development and community relations:
- Experience in food service programs and knowledge of food industry standards
- Demonstrated experience in recruiting and sustaining volunteers
- Ability to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds
- Ability to plan and organize fund-raising and community involvement activities.
- Ability to complete program and activity reports Experience in a nonprofit or community service organization is preferred, not required.
This is a full-time position with paid holidays, vacation and sick days. The Outreach is willing to negotiate schedule and salary commensurate with experience. Letter of interest and resume requested by December 18, 2014. Position open until filled. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX to 910-455-5795. The position description can be viewed at www.onslowco.org
Onslow Soup Kitchen
Founded in 1990, Onslow Community Outreach provides for the basic human care needs of less fortunate persons in Onslow County. Our programmatic focus is on hunger, homelessness, health and helping children and families. Our mission is accomplished through a Soup Kitchen, Homeless Shelter, Free Clinic and Christmas Cheer Program.
The Soup Kitchen started in a small house located near Infant of Prague Catholic Church, downtown Jacksonville. Many church congregations and people of faith were instrumental in starting the Soup Kitchen. Increased need for services led to a move to the organization’s current location. With its current space, the Soup Kitchen can serve more individuals as well as bring in more food. In the near future, the Soup Kitchen looks to build on its success and advance the organization to the next level with new programming and an expanded facility.
The Soup Kitchen has three primary activities:
- serving a nutritious lunch meal Monday-Friday;
- South Kitchen-delivered meals to residents in rural neighborhoods;
- and monthly food bank on the second Monday.
The program relies heavily on civic and business contributions and benevolent support from a large group of dedicated volunteers. In 2013, the program prepared and distributed 166,000 total meals. Volunteers donated almost 18,000 “sweat equity” hours by cooking and serving meals, picking up donations, maintaining the facility and actively helping with fundraising.