Food Services Helper (Canada Summer Jobs Program) – Job Posting 1353

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.

Food Services Helper (Canada Summer Jobs Program)

(Contract Full-time 35 hours per week)

(July 4th, 2023 – August 28th, 2023)

 (Non-bargaining unit position)

The Food Services Worker student placement will support in the development and facilitation of cooking workshops and support with day-to-day food operations at YouthLink’s Transitional Housing and Shelter Program. The Food Services Worker 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

  • Ability to support the Chef with coordination and preparation of meals
  • Ability to develop menus that have creative, nutritional and health meals
  • In coordination with the Chef, 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
  • 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.

Highlights of What You Bring


  • 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 would be an asset
  • Experience working with youth is an asset
  • Lived experience or knowledge of community an asset.
  • Previous experience in Shelter or Residential environments is an asset.
  • Experience working independently and within a large team
  • Food Handler’s Certification would be an asset
  • 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


  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to problem – solve individually or in a team setting.
  • Proficient computer use skills.

Additional Requirements:

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination and Vulnerable Sector Check required.
  • Proof of 2 Step TB tests required.
  • Must be able to work in a Pet Friendly Shelter.
  • This position will be scheduled up to 3 evenings per week and scheduled occasional weekends.  Minimal travel to community locations.
  • This position requires the ability to lift food items and kitchen equipment, assist with the receiving and unpacking of food deliveries and donations.
  • Between 15 and 30 years of age.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (which means you must have a valid Social Insurance Number)

Hourly Rate: $15.50 per hour.

Work Location: 747 Warden Ave., Scarborough ON & 596 Danforth Rd., Scarborough, ON

Full job description available here: JD – YTHSP Food Services Helper

How to Apply

  • Submit application to Please quote posting #1353 in the subject line.
  • As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities. If you have a disability and require accessibility accommodations with the application process, please contact
  • Position open until filled