The Salvation Army


Job Locations US-PA-Allentown
Job ID
Food Services
Compensation Min
USD $13.00/Hr.
Compensation Max
USD $13.00/Yr.
Regular Full-Time


Position: Cook
Location: Hospitality House Shelter, Women and Children’s Homeless Shelter, Allentown, PA
Availability: Immediate
Schedule: Full-Time
Reporting Relationship: Shelter Director/Corps Officer
Salary and Grade: $13.00 per hour; 72 Non-Exempt


 The Salvation Army is hiring and offers truly excellent benefit package to eligible Full-Time employees including:

  • Generous paid time off every year that includes: holidays, up to 3 personal days, vacation time and sick time.
  • Employer funded Pension Plan (company contributions begin after 1 year of employment)
  • Comprehensive health care coverage with low cost employee premiums, co-pays and deductibles
  • Eligibility for supplemental insurance plans including Short Term Disability, AFLAC and Voluntary Term Life
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Remitted Tuition Program
  • Eligibility for the Federal Government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Most importantly – a job with a good purpose!

Position Overview:

Under the advisement and direction of the Corps Officers and Shelter Director, the Cook will manage an inventory of food, maintain a clean, safe, and sanitary kitchen and storage room, and prepare two (2) balanced meals per day according to dietary guidelines.  The cook will also work closely with the Corps Officers to maintain accurate statistics on meals served and food used. 


Essential Functions

  • Demonstrate knowledge, safety, and professionalism while working in the kitchen.
  • Prepare quantities according to the number of individuals in attendance.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and accurately follow all directives.
  • Assist Coordinator/Corps Officers with statistics and monthly reports as directed.
  • Attend necessary training for compliance with CACFP and Department of Health requirements.
  • Maintain excellent records for the food program, CACFP, and Berks County Food Bank as needed.
  • Plan and create monthly menus under CACFP program guidelines.
  • Purchase food most cost-effectively, as guided and approved by the Corps Officers.
  • Prepare and serve meals daily and snacks as needed. Prepare and communicate basic instructions for the menu item to other staff or volunteers as needed.
  • Be knowledgeable regarding the Department of Health Rules and Regulations and maintain records and standards for all funding and regulatory agencies as required.
  • Wash and adequately store dishes and utensils to maintain kitchen cleanliness standards.
  • Maintain flexibility and work well with the Commanding Officers and others.
  • Advise the Corps Officer in writing of any maintenance or repair concerns as needed.
  • Complete all duties as otherwise assigned by the Corps officers.

 Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain open lines of communication with Corps officers, staff, and volunteers.
  • Adhere to all written personnel and program policies of The Salvation Army.
  • Ensure strict adherence to all policies, including those related to confidentiality, boundary issues, and professionalism, and maintain high ethical standards with exemplary moral conduct at all times.
  • Ensure cultural competency and practice non-bias principles.
  • Demonstrate a kind and caring attitude.

 The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive, and the candidate will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the post’s scope.


  • Bilingual English/Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment but also able to work independently.
  • Effective time management and strong organization skills are required.
  • Must be able to adapt, sometimes quickly, to meet the organization’s needs and the community.
  • Valid PA Driver’s License.
  • Prior cooking experience in institutional food preparation or restaurant setting is required.
  • Must be able to become ServSafe certified within 60 days of hire.
  • Child Protection Clearances PA Act 153 requires that all prospective employees complete the following clearance and background checks before employment: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record/Fingerprint Check. Meets the Child Protection Clearances required by PA Act 153 to include PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check along with renewals every five years.
  • Must understand and appreciate the Mission of The Salvation Army.

Contact:     Please submit your resume and a cover letter to: 

Current Salvation Army Employees can apply online at

Prospective employees can apply online at


Updated by the Divisional Human Resources Department on 5/22/24.




The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.

Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ

and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Requisition No. 1584


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