CBD, Inner West, Sydney
Catering Assistant Volunteers perform general kitchen duties that include basic food preparation, cleaning of kitchen areas, washing dishes & cleaning equipment.

The Rev. Bill Crews Foundation’s Food Services Department is a dynamic, fast paced and high volume catering operation. It is a vibrant and challenging environment, with no two days being the same.

We operate 365 days a year, serving breakfast and lunch in the Loaves & Fishes Restaurant and lunch and dinner across Sydney via our Mobile Food Vans. In addition, we prepare and pack large numbers of emergency relief food parcels.

The Food Service Mission Statement is our primary focus, to ensure all guests and volunteers have a positive experience.

“Greeted with importance and served with humility, equals a recipe of hope and compassion for one and all.”


Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer as a Catering Assistant.


Position of catering assistant is a volunteer position specifically assigned to the Chef or other appointed member of staff.

The Catering Assistant Volunteer supports the Chef in kitchen preparation, cooking & cleaning.

Whilst a qualification is not required, the person should have knowledge and appreciation of food preparation. As such, the catering assistant takes all direction from the Chef and must follow the policies and procedures of food handling and safety.


The Catering Assistant volunteer supports the Chef with the food preparation and cooking of the following:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (Restaurant & Mobile Food Vans)
  • Dinner (Night Van)

Cleaning of all the food areas to include:

  • Benches
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen equipment
  • End of shift clean-up

Basic food preparation of:

  • Vegetables
  • Salads
  • Rice and pasta

Catering Assistant volunteer tasks include:

  • The assistant chef is to ensure that all kitchen volunteers are fully aware of the kitchen protocols in respect to HACCP requirements.
  • Assist the Lead Chef in organising the food product for the daily menu
  • Ensure that all processes are within a safe work environment.
  • Ensure the kitchen equipment, hygiene is in full working condition and immediately advise Leading Chef of any problems.
  • Ensure cool room is always maintained to HACCP requirements.
  • Cooking: confirm with the leading chef what is menu for the day.
  • Preparation: confirm with the Chef what ingredients to prepare for the menu and the next day.
  • Cleaning: help chef and all kitchen staff to tidy and clean kitchen before finishing the shift.
  • Other tasks as required.
  • Morning shift: 7:00am – 11:00am
  • Afternoon shift: 11:00am – 3:00pm

 All Catering Assistant Volunteers are required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when on duty. The PPE must include:

  • Full-length trousers
  • Non-slip, covered shoes
  • T-shirt
  • Apron
  • Volunteer ID
Essential Highly Desirable
Valid Working With Children Check (WWCC) Customer service experience
The Rev. Bill Crews Foundation Food Services Induction and Training Basic understanding of Food Safety Handling and Compliance
Basic understanding of Work, Health & Safety
Ability to follow instructions and basic checklists
Competent interpersonal and verbal communication skills


Essential Highly Desirable
Honest, empathetic and kind High standard of personal presentation
Positive and non-judgmental approach Ability to be flexible and rise to the challenge
Ability to work in a team environment Able to comfortably lift 12 kg or less
Punctual and reliable Have a sense of humour and be willing to contribute to an engaged volunteering experience
Ability to stay calm and composed under difficult conditions Have a keen interest in hospitality and customer service

Job Features

Job CategoryHospitality & Food Service
Job commencementImmediate
Closest public transportAshfield
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