Job Title:     Food Bank Associate
Prepared By: Human Resources
Department: Food Bank
Reports To: Food Bank Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt/Temporary (up to 3 months)

Summary:  Provides general Food Bank assistance including but not limited to food and clothing sorting, stocking, repackaging, maintenance, and guest assistance.  Provides back-up support to the Food & Operations Coordinator and the Food Bank Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.

  • Interacts with donors, volunteers, and SVdP employees in a courteous, welcoming, and appropriate manner.
  • Data entry of Food Bank Clients as they enter the food bank.
  • Trains volunteers in appropriate food handling and safety measures.
  • Supports the Food Bank Manager with the coordination of food orders, food purchases, and supply purchases.
  • Supports Food Bank Manager in coordinating event set-up and teardown.
  • Also responsible for sorting /distribution of miscellaneous donations, and preparation of other foods.
  • Ensures food supplies are fresh and safe for guest consumption.
  • Coordinates proper setup and breakdown of Food Bank equipment, materials, and supplies on open operation days.
  • Loads and unloads food and clothing donations, and other materials.
  • Ensures clothing and clothing supplies are provided to the Clothing Bank.
  • Works closely with volunteers in food recovery and food repackaging efforts.
  • Operates hand trucks safely and follows safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintains all equipment in good operating order.
  • Maintains, cleans, organizes refrigerators and freezers, and notifies Manager when services or repairs are necessary.
  • Maintains all equipment in good operating order.
  • Keeps loading dock and interior and exterior areas clean and safe.
  • Organizational skills must be good at visual/spatial relationships that optimize storage space.
  • Works with the proper attitude that exemplifies the Society’s Statement of Values.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


High school education or GED required, AA degree preferred.  Experience in a food bank center desired.  Ability to work harmoniously with people from varied backgrounds.  Ability to work as a member of a team as well as individually.

Language Ability

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, safety information, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to guests and other employees of the Society.  Ability to communicate in multiple languages desired, but not required.

Math Ability

Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10s and 100s.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Technology Skills

Ability to use a standard telephone and wireless audio communication system.  Ability to use MS Office Professional software required.

Certificates, Licenses and Permits

Maintains all licenses, permits and certificates required to perform job, including a valid Washington State driver’s license, a Food Handler Permit and a CPR and First Aid Certificate.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions.  The employee is exposed near moving mechanical parts, fumes and airborne particles, risk of electric shock, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is often loud.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

The employee must be able to lift and carry objects weighing 50-75 lbs for short distances and pull or push objects using a palette jack with 50 pounds of force.  Must be able to stand and lift for a substantial part of each shift.  Must have well-developed fine motor control and the ability to grasp, handle, finger, and manipulate small and large items.  Must have a full range of body motion with the ability to reach above head, stoop, bend, and squat.  Must be able to perform repetitive fine motor function with fingers, wrists, and arms.  Must able to load and unload trucks.  Must be able to move across a wide variety of surfaces including, but not limited to ramps, stairs, and uneven terrain, move objects that may be in an employee’s path, and repeatedly get into and out of the organization’s trucks.

I have read the job description in its entirety and understand the responsibilities that are being asked of me.  I had an opportunity to ask my supervisor questions, and feel comfortable with my new position.

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