Fee for Service Contract: Food Services Facilitator – Job Posting 1431

July 3, 2024

YouthLink believes in the potential of every youth. We are dedicated to providing them with the support, guidance and opportunities they need to make positive life choices. We provide youth with brief and ongoing counselling, in-home wraparound support, shelter, housing, educational support, and safe drop-in spaces.  YouthLink works towards equitable outcomes for youth in our community and, as such, is committed to equity-based hiring practices. 

We welcome applications from candidates who reflect the communities we serve, particularly candidates from Black communities, Indigenous communities, and racialized people, persons with disabilities, members of diverse gender identities and people with lived experiences.  We are seeking candidates who demonstrably operate and practice from an equity and trauma-informed lens.  We encourage applications from passionate professionals who will help us dismantle systemic barriers and will embrace working outside of Euro-centric practices.

Fee for Service Contract:  Food Services Facilitator

(Temporary, Part-time 24 hours per week)

(Starting ASAP – 1 year contract)

The Food Services Facilitator will manage day-to-day food operations at YouthLink’s Transitional Housing and Shelter Program. The Food Services Facilitator will develop a “how to cook” manual as a resource for youth to increase their skills and understanding in these areas contributing to their financial and housing stability in the community.

Highlights of Your Role

  • Responsible for the  coordination and preparation of meals
  • Ability to develop menus that have creative, nutritional and health meals
  • Develop weekly menu that provides variety and meet dietary and cultural and/or religious practices(meets Shelter Standards)
  • Support with weekly Second Harvest and Daily Bread deliveries
  • Responsible for coordination of all food donation: receiving, sorting, storage and complete any paper work required for processing donation
  • Assist in the facilitation of food and nutrition-focused life skills programming
  • Complete any other tasks as required
  • Communicates with Manager about any necessary information and participates in regular supervisions.
  • Adheres to all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Participates in any workshops or trainings as required.
  • Takes all reasonable precautions to protect own health and safety.
  • Maintain hygiene and health and safety standards as required by legislation
  • Communicate with staff and possibly residents in regards to nutrition, possible food allergies or specific food needs.
  • Work effectively with residents, staff and volunteers
  • Sign off on daily closing checklist
  • Knows and complies consistently with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules, recipes, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary workstation area.
  • Participates in the Agency’s commitment to a discrimination free environment
  • Able to work within a team but also independently.

Equity, Diversity and Belonging:

Proactively stays updated on best practices as it relates Equity, Diversity and Belonging.  Works collaboratively with ABR Committee and Director of Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion and Community to embed best practices into all operational goals and processes. 

Supports Organization’s Strategy:

Actively contributes to the Agency’s Strategic Plan by participating in initiatives and committees to support the overall Plan.

Takes all reasonable and necessary precautions to protect his or her own health and safety and that of co-workers by complying and demonstrating knowledge of the policies, procedures and safe practices established by YouthLink.

Highlights of What You Bring


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.  College diploma in hospitality or other cooking school. Certificate in Cooking/Food Preparation and/or Kitchen Management, Hospitality, or equivalent training and/or prior experience working in a kitchen


  • Experience in food service industry
  • Experience working with youth is an asset.
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience working independently and within a large team
  • Food Handler’s Certification.
  • First Aid and CPR Certification would be an asset
  • Lived experience, knowledge and understanding and knowledge of systemic barriers and oppression rooted in colonization, racism, transphobia, classism, misogyny, moralism, ableism, and how they impact young people.
  • Operates using and Anti- Black Racism /Anti- Oppression lens and strength based frameworks.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to problem – solve individually or in a team setting.
  • Proficient computer use skills.
  • Lived experience or knowledge of community an asset.
  • Previous experience in Shelter or Residential environments is an asset.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check.
  • Proof of 2 Step TB tests required.
  • Able to work in a pet friendly environment.

Service Hours:  24 hours per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Service Period: Starting ASAP

Service Rate of Pay:  $25.00 per hour.

Work Program & Location: YouthLink’s Youth Transitional Housing & Shelter Program (747 Warden Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1L 4A1)

 How to Apply:

  • Submit application to shelterposting@youthlink.ca Please quote posting #1432 in the subject line.
  • As an organization committed to equity and justice in our community, we believe lived experience and knowledge of equity, diversity, belonging and anti-Black racism is a critical component in our recruitment process.  If you have a disability and require accessibility accommodations with the application process, please contact accessibility@youthlink.ca
  • Job posting Closing Date – Open until Filled.