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Food Service Assistant

CHS Hershey - Hershey, PA

For more than 110 years, Milton Hershey School (MHS) has helped children realize their full potential by offering a top-notch private, cost-free education to students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade from income-eligible families. To expand and enhance the impact of Milton and Catherine Hershey’s vision, the Boards and management of Milton Hershey School and the Hershey Trust Company are launching the Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning (CHS), a cost-free, non-residential early childhood education program. 

CHS plans to open six early childhood education Centers by 2027. The Centers are designed for children from birth to age 5 from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds with the goal of encouraging the development of a child’s educational, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being. The CHS Initiative will provide a focus on core early learning programs through a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is aligned with a mission to nurture and educate enrolled children. Children will also receive supports such as nutritious meals and provisions of supplies, among other early learning enhancements. Finally, CHS will offer integrated support services for families of children enrolled in the Centers. 

CHS Hershey will be CHS’s first center and is expected to open in 2023. The two-story, 50,827-square-foot building, located at the southwest corner of Governor Road and Homestead Road, will include a Family Resource Center, an innovation lab and an experiential learning garden. The center will accommodate 150 students from birth to age 5 and is expected to employ up to 80 employees and volunteers. 

CHS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes diversity.  

Role Description: 

The CHS Hershey School Food Service Assistant is an individual that will help enable the nourishment and sustenance of young children with healthy meals to deliver a high-quality experience in line with CHS’ mission. This role is responsible for assisting the Food Service Coordinator with the central kitchen food production for all classrooms, catered functions, and student home orders. This Food Service Assistant is expected to aid in ensuring food quality standards are met, and routing and delivery functions are accurately coordinated for events. This individual will assist in packaging and delivering food to classrooms. The Food Service Assistant will help in maintaining process and safety standards for CHS Hershey. The Food Service Assistant reports to the Food Service Coordinator with whom they work to attend to risks and issues. Starting pay rate is approximately $13.77 to $16.50 per hour, based on experience. 


The Food Service Assistant will be responsible for:  

  • Working with the Food Service Coordinator hand-in-hand to prepare food service to the facility 

  • Setting the proper temperature on equipment for products to be served 

  • Packaging items as needed 

  • Attending periodic meetings to review the menu, catering, and techniques of the food service facility 

  • Completing dining room check lists and waste tracking sheets 

  • Performing dishwashing, cleaning, and sanitation needs to enhance the well-being of students and staff 

  • Removing trash from kitchen and service area 

  • Complying with departmental HACCP/Food Safety procedures and initiatives applicable State health requirements to maintain integrity of the food and prevent food borne illness to students, staff, and guests 

  • Disseminating snacks to students prior to relevant snack times 

  • Ensuring student dietary needs are met and that allergies are taken into account when preparing food for specific classrooms 

  • Conducting safety checks and implementing corrective procedures where necessary  

  • Complying with health regulations 

  • Setting up food at catered functions and events 

  • Loading and unloading catering van for events outside CHS Hershey 

  • Reporting maintenance concerns 

  • Preparing documentation for maintenance of the food safety program 

  • Responding to questions about allergy concerns to health professionals and parents when asked 

  • Compiling accurate data on food related items 

  • Exhibiting positive relations towards students and faculty when responding to questions and communications 


The Food Service Assistant is expected to have the following qualifications:   

  • High School Diploma or GED  

  • Prior food service experience and/or knowledge of a variety of food products 

  • First Aid, CPR, AED certifications 

  • Valid NSF Serv Safe Certification or ability to obtain one within six months of hire 

  • Ability to respond to customer service-related issues  

  • Ability to maintain accurate records, understand, and carry out oral and written instructions 

  • Exceptional executive functioning, organizational, and time management skills, and an action-oriented mindset 

  • Responsible, enthusiastic, and cares about working in a mission-focused organization  

  • Ability to proactively identify problems and implement solutions  

  • Willingness to be held accountable and receive feedback 

  • Commitment to the mission and values of CHS and MHS and demonstrated high degree of integrity as all MHS and CHS staff are considered to be role models for students  

  • U.S. work authorization and successful completion of pre-employment background checks and clearances  

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.