Food Sample Preparer

Food Sample Preparer Position Description

Purpose: The purpose of this position is to prepare quick and healthy meals or snacks using some of the food customers may be given in the store that week. Sometimes the food is unfamiliar to customers or seen as difficult to prepare so this volunteer serves to educate and “nudge”.

Location: The Food Sample Preparer works in the waiting room kitchen of the building at 1260 Exchange Ave. SE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare a sample meal
  • Provide a recipe
  • Clean up kitchen when finished
  • Visit and share information about the dish with customers

Responsible to: Emily Fairchild, Volunteer Coordinator of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf

Time Commitment: Shifts are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings when the food shelf is open. You pick your days and how much time you would like to commit (9am-noon is a typical shift length).

Useful Skills: Ability to work independently, cooking and baking experience, creative, personable.

Support: Recommendations of meals will be made from the staff in addition to information about what foods the shelf has a lot of right now.

Dress Code: Casual

Activity Level: Standing, bending, lifting

How to Apply/ Contact Information: If interested in this position, please contact Director Mary Mitchell at or 218-444-6580.