Job Posting 101032

Toronto Metro area
closed yesterday (Mon, 27 May)
on-call / relief / casual  •  $17.93/hr

Relief Cook

For over 50 years Nellie’s has been providing shelter and support for marginalized women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. We are mandated to operate programs and services for women and children who had or are experiencing violence, poverty, and homelessness. Nellie’s works to lessen homelessness for women and their children whether the cause is family violence, mental health, or any other reason that results in dealing with the impact of trauma. In addition to providing shelter, our programs are designed to reduce the isolation that often comes with abuse.


Our core operations involve our 38-bed emergency shelter for women and their children who are homeless or escaping violent situations. In addition to our shelter, Nellie’s operates Community Support and Outreach programs that provide aftercare support and follow-up services to women and their children after they leave the shelter, as well as transitional housing support for women living in the community who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.


Nellie’s is currently looking to hire a Relief Cook who would be called in as needed. The Cook is responsible for the preparation of the evening meals for 38 shelter residents. The Relief Cook is called upon occasionally as needed. This position requires lifting of 10-15 lbs.


Nellie’s is committed to the development of an agency that reflects the women it serves. This position is open to all women*. Woman* signifies anyone who self-identifies as female, femme and/or woman. This includes transwomen, cisgender women, and non-binary people who identify as femme or female-presenting. Applications from equity-seeking groups are strongly encouraged.




Menu Planning and Meal Preparation

  • In consultation with the Food Service Worker plan the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for the women and children in the shelter
  • Modify or accommodate menu for vegetarians and residents on dietary restrictions in consultation with the Food Service Worker
  • Take the inventory of stock in pantry rooms and refrigerator/freezer units
  • Receive and put away all food deliveries in proper areas and according to shelter policy
  • Perform other duties or assignments as delegated by the supervisor


  • Clean kitchen, pantry and all food storage areas including kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, ovens, stoves and shelves according to the City’s established Public Health Standards
  • Clean and sanitize cooking pots, pans and dishes after each meal.
  • Change or empty all garbage bins in the kitchen as required during shifts
  • Clean and sanitize workstations such as all kitchen counters and sink
  • Clean and wipe up any spills in all food storage fridges and freezers
  • Ensure the Food Hygiene shelter Regulations are carried out at all times


  • Work cooperatively as a member of the shelter staff team
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach with staff and residents
  • Inform the Food Service Worker about all kitchen and health & safety related issues that need immediate repair
  • Replenish or restock food supply items in the kitchen fridge, first floor and emergency food supply storage rooms as required
  • Assist with other duties as required, from time to time, aiding in the operation of the shelter



  • Excellent cooking skills
  • Able to cook in different cultural food
  • Previous cooking experience for more than 30 people
  • Related experience in menu planning, meal preparation and cleaning
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Able to lift to 10-15 lbs
  • Experience in and commitment to working within an anti-oppression framework
  • Able to work weekends
  • Food Handling Certificate an asset

Hours: On Call, no fixed hours

Salary: $17.93/hr.

Date of Posting: Monday, April 8, 2024

Deadline of Applications: Wednesday, May 8, 2024


Nellie’s is committed to the development of an agency that reflects the women it serves. Applications from Aboriginal Women, World Majority Women/Women of Colour, Lesbians, Bisexual Women, Transgendered Women and Women with Disabilities, Women who have experienced Violence and Consumer Survivors are strongly encouraged.


We regret that our shelter location is not physically accessible.

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