Food Support Specialist

Location:             Portland, OR

Hours:                   Full-time, some evenings and weekends may be required

Salary:                  $31,200-$32,000


About New Avenues for Youth:

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.

Our Commitment to Equity: 

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.

The Position:

The Food Support Specialist will design and implement nutritional meals for the Day Services program. This position is in charge of coordination of food and supply ordering, deliveries of the food supplies, food preparation, serving, soliciting donations, and cleaning/facility needs. Additionally, this person will provide supportive services for youth in the Drop-In space; it is important that this person is able to maintain a safe and supportive multicultural environment for homeless youth.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Food Handler Certificate required
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking a plus

Education & Experience:

  • Experience cooking for large groups or working within the food industry required
  • Experience managing food services preferred
  • Experience working with diverse youth
  • Diverse candidates and/or those with lived experience are encouraged to apply


New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response. You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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