Cooking Leader at SCDA

As part of Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA), Seahaven Community Food provides emergency food parcels across the Seahaven area, as well as developing sustainable alternatives for accessing affordable and nutritious food. Our community kitchen prepares a wide range of meals each week, using fresh produce from our FareShare delivery. We then package and freeze these, along with a recipe and reheating instructions and include them in our emergency food parcels.

What does the opportunity involve doing?

Do you have love food and motivating a team? Are you passionate about reducing food waste and cooking creatively?
SCDA are looking for a volunteer cooking leader to run a weekly cookery session, plan recipes, lead on food prep and cooking and ensure that meals are packaged, frozen and ready to deliver as part of our emergency food parcels.
You will be responsible for:
• Running a weekly cooking session (currently on a Tuesday) and leading three to four volunteers
• Ensuring that food safety procedures are followed
• Welcoming new volunteers
• Planning a range of healthy meals, using our delivery of fresh fruit and veg
• Sourcing additional ingredients as needed
• Liaising with the other cooking leaders to ensure the kitchen is well stocked with store cupboard essentials and packaging for meals
• Completing daily temperature and cleaning checks
• Recording any accidents and incidents
• Liaising with the foodbank coordinator to ensure that enough meals are being made

What induction, training and support is offered?

• Regular supervision with the foodbank coordinator
• Training and development opportunities
• Expenses are covered
• Skills for your CV and a reference if you need one
• The opportunity to give something back to your community
• A fun and sociable cooking experience

What skills or qualities are needed?

A love of cooking and passion for sharing your knowledge
A cooking or catering background
Experience in training would be desirable
Ability to lead a weekly cookery session (currently on a Tuesday) for approx 4 hours
Organised and can spend time time preparing recipes, printing labels and sourcing ingrediants when necessary
Be able to commit to a minimum of six months volunteering for SCDA
Willing to complete mandatory volunteer training

More info



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Deadline for applications

31 Mar 2021


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Disabled access?


Expenses paid?


Childcare available?


Contact name

Stef Lake

Phone number

01273 517250

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