SHIFT LEADERS

Role Overview

  

What They Do: Shift Leaders lead one of Campus Kitchen's food recovery, cooking, or delivery operations shifts for an academic semester. Some guide volunteers to sort donations and prepare meals, while others serve in the community delivering meals and groceries. All of them gain leadership and service experience while making a positive impact in the Athens food system and the lives of food-insecure Athenians.

Who They Are: Shift Leader roles are open to all UGA undergraduate and graduate students. They are dependable and detail-oriented. You don't have to enjoy cooking, but you should enjoy people or food! 

 

Time Commitment: Shift Leader roles require a weekly 1 to 3.5 hour commitment, depending on the position. All Shift Leaders are required to attend training night from 3-7pm on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. Many positions require up to 1 hour of online pre-training prior to training night.  

Benefits: Besides leaving an unquestionably positive impact, and meeting like-minded people (and in many cases, different-minded people!) here are some other benefits to serving as a Shift Leader: 

  • Shift Leader positions are non-credit "Service" UGA Experiential Learning opportunities.

  • Shift Leaders are given priority for Campus Kitchen internships, practicums and research projects.

  • Functional knowledge of food for culinary and recovery shifts (you will learn things).  

  • Gas certificate for driving shifts ($20 or $10 depending on position).

 

Spring 2020 Shift Leader applications are closed. Summer and Fall 2020 semester Shift Leader applications will open mid-April 2020. 

22
Different shifts and times to chose from

62
Shift Leader positions 
available

100
Hours given by all Shift Leaders every week (2.5 FTE)

Specific Position Descriptions 

Please review the detailed position descriptions when considering your preference selections. Note that several shifts are reserved for those with prior experience as a Shift Leader. 

Specific Position Requirements: 

  • Cooking and Value-Added Processing applicants must have volunteered at the shift they are applying for. If you are in need of the volunteer experience and are not able to find an open volunteer spot online, please email ckuga@uga.edu with dates you are available to volunteer at a shift.

  • Cooking, Value-Added Processing, and Meal Planning applicants must be willing to complete free food safety training prior to their start date in lieu of formal food service experience. 

  • Delivery, Agency Donations, Food Collection, Collective Harvest, and UGArden applicants must pass a background check.

 

Cooking Shift Leaders work in teams of three to lead volunteers in a commercial kitchen setting to prepare family meal kits and grocery bags. Shift Leaders follow a pre-determined meal plan and packing list, set up and clean up kitchen work stations, guide volunteers to prepare food safely (and have fun doing it!), and store prepared foods for next-day delivery.

Cooking Shift Leaders are detail-oriented and punctual. They are willing to provide direction and encouragement to others; this includes coaching basic cooking techniques, and enjoying (or at least tolerating) the creativity of the cooking process.

Cooking Shift Leader

This role is open to all applicants.

Food Collection Shift Leaders work in teams to lead volunteers to transport and sort surplus food donations from Trader Joe’s. Shift Leaders pick up volunteers on campus, drive to Trader Joe’s, transport donations to Talmage Terrace, unload food, monitor time and temperature of donated foods, and inventory food for future shifts and quality.

Food Collection Shift Leaders are detail-oriented and reliable. They are willing to provide direction and encouragement to others; this includes coaching volunteers on quality standards and being okay with several processes happening simultaneously.

Food Collection Shift Leaders

This role is open to all applicants.

Agency Donation Shift Leaders deliver groceries recovered by Campus Kitchen to human service organizations in Athens-Clarke County. Drivers load their cars with groceries for their route, and deliver to 2-3 agencies (shelters, service providers, etc.).

Agency Donation Shift Leaders are compassionate and reliable. They are willing to work independently, and they respond to the unexpected with grace. While this role has a relatively low time commitment, you’re making a huge impact in the Athens community.

Agency Donations Shift Leader

This role is open to those with prior experience as a Campus Kitchen Shift Leader.

Make-Up Delivery Shift Leaders deliver to clients who occasionally miss their regular Campus Kitchen delivery. Unclaimed deliveries are delivered by this Shift Leader to nonprofit agencies. Shift Leaders are provided instructions the day of their shift on the client and agencies they’ll be serving that day.

Make-Up Delivery Shift Leaders are compassionate and reliable. They are willing to work independently, and they respond to the unexpected with grace, and are comfortable with variety during their shift from week to week.

Make-Up Delivery Shift Leader

This role is open to those who have prior experience as a Campus Kitchen Delivery or Agency Donation Shift Leader. This is not an Alternate Shift Leader role.

UGArden Shift Leaders assist with the produce harvest of the UGArden Student Community Farm for Campus Kitchen and transport the donations to Talmage Terrace. Shift Leaders distribute produce into client grocery bags at Talmage Terrace. For more information on UGArden, visit https://ugarden.uga.edu/.

UGArden Shift Leaders are reliable and detail-oriented. They are willing to work independently, and they respond to the unexpected with grace and discretion. While you don’t need to be a gardener to enjoy this role, expect to learn more about local produce!

UGArden Shift Leader

This role is open to those with prior experience as a Campus Kitchen Shift Leader.

VAP Shift Leaders work in teams of three to lead volunteers in a commercial kitchen setting to prepare supplemental foods for Campus Kitchen clients or Athens nonprofits. Shift Leaders follow a pre-determined meal plan for soups, side dishes, or preserving items for future use, such as blanching or creating soup stock. Shift Leaders set up and clean up kitchen work stations, guide volunteers to prepare food safely (and have fun doing it!), and store prepared foods properly.

VAP Shift Leaders are detail-oriented and punctual. They are willing to provide direction and encouragement to others; this includes coaching basic to intermediate cooking techniques, improvising, and enjoying (or at least tolerating) the creativity of the cooking process.

Value-Added Processing Shift Leader

This role is open to all applicants.

Meal Planning Shift Leaders work with a Food Operations intern in teams of three to evaluate food donations for quality and determine the food’s destination for Campus Kitchen clients and nonprofit agencies. Shift Leaders create and write out recipes for cooking and VAP shifts, weigh donations to nonprofit agencies, and manage food inventory.

Meal Planning Shift Leaders are the quarterbacks of the Campus Kitchen operation. They are willing to embrace complex challenges and exercise problem-solving skills in a team setting. They take initiate and are detail-oriented, and they enjoy (or at least tolerate) the cooking process.

Meal Planning Shift Leader

This role is open to those with prior experience as a Campus Kitchen Shift Leader.

Shift Leaders sometimes have competing obligations, illness, or could need a temporary substitute, and sometimes no active Shift Leader is available to switch with them. Alternate Shift Leaders are on-call to jump into Shift Leader vacancies that fit their schedule.

Alternate Shift Leaders are former active Shift Leaders looking for a way to stay involved with Campus Kitchen, but can’t quite commit to a weekly shift. For team shifts, they are willing to defer to the leadership of active Shift Leaders when appropriate.

Alternate Shift Leaders

This role is open to those with prior experience as a Campus Kitchen Shift Leader.

Delivery Shift Leaders deliver meals and groceries prepared by Campus Kitchen to older adult-headed homes. Drivers load their cars with meals and groceries prepared for their route, follow a printed route sheet with directions to 3-6 client homes, and then return equipment to Talmage Terrace.

Delivery Shift Leaders are compassionate and reliable. They are willing to work independently, and they respond to the unexpected with grace. While you don’t need to be an extrovert or conversationalist to enjoy this role, expect to be challenged to build relationships with people different than you!

Delivery Shift Leader

This role is open to all applicants.

The Collective Harvest Shift Leader drives to the Collective Harvest building, transport donations to Talmage Terrace, unload food, and records the weight of the donation. For more information on Collective Harvest, visit https://www.collectiveharvestathens.com/.

The Collective Harvest Shift Leader is detail-oriented and reliable. They are willing to work independently. While this role has a relatively low time commitment, you’re making a huge impact in the Athens community!

Collective Harvest Shift Leader

This role is open to those with prior experience as a Campus Kitchen Shift Leader.

The Campus Kitchen at UGA

Office of Service-Learning

1242 1/2 S. Lumpkin St.

Athens, GA, 30602-3552

Phone: 706-542-0891

ckuga@uga.edu