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The Food Recovery Specialist is responsible for supporting the successful recovery of unused surplus food from our existing network of nearby grocery store and small business partners and the delivery of that food to our location in the University District. In this physically demanding position, you will repeatedly lift and carry food donations in boxes, totes, and crates weighing as much as 50 pounds each and be on your feet or driving a van 4-6 hours at a time as you collect food donations, transport them expeditiously back to the food bank, and assist in their unloading.

As an important member of our food bank team, you will confidently represent our organization in a positive and professional manner that is consistent with our organizational values and practices, using clear, respectful communication and a friendly disposition. You will help build, grow, and maintain positive working relationships with the grocery store and small business partners that participate in our food recovery program. You will work collaboratively with other food bank staff to ensure that we are successful in our mission.


Grocery Recovery Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks

  • Collect food donations from nearby businesses on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings and deliver them to the food bank for sorting
  • Adhere to established donation recovery practices and procedures
  • Communicate clearly and positively with our donation partners
  • Be timely and work efficiently to maintain the daily food rescue schedule
  • Ability to regularly and safely lift and move boxes weighing 50lbs.
  • Safely operate, clean, and maintain food bank vehicles
  • Accurately collect and enter donation data using a simple web form in a timely and reliable manner
  • Facilitate the occasional pick up of palletized food from wholesalers
  • Train in home delivery program processes to cover occasional volunteer absences or emergencies
  • Stand and actively move around for the majority of the shift




  • Valid WA driver’s license
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to pass WA State Patrol background and OIG/SAM checks
  • Current King County food handler’s permit and Food Lifeline grocery rescue training or ability to obtain both within 30 days of hire
  • Ability to follow safe food handling procedures at all times
  • Experience driving cargo vans and/or box trucks.
  • Ability to safely operate basic warehouse equipment including an electric pallet jack and cardboard compactor
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Empathy toward all customers accessing the food bank
  • College degree not required


  • Experience in conflict de-escalation and non-violent communication
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact with people of all racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to speak English and a second language, especially Spanish, Russian, or Chinese
  • Experience with an anti-hunger or similar human services organization
  • Experience working at a grocery store


  • Monday 8am-2pm (approximately), Tuesday – Thursday, 8am – 12 noon (approximately)
  • Additional hours available occasionally (mutually agreeable, by advance arrangement) to cover for vacationing staff, during busier holiday seasons, or to support community events
  • $16 – $18 per hour to start, depending upon experience
  • 90 day probationary review period
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and holidays
  • Annual employer contribution to SEP IRA



University District Food Bank is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing individuals and families who are in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. We operate a walk-in food pantry, a home delivery program, and a weekend backpack program called Packs For Kids. Our walk-in pantry is open to customers four days a week and offers three days of emergency food using a grocery store model that allows customers to choose items best suited to their families’ nutritional needs. Home delivery operates weekly to support customers in our community unable to come on-site and shop for their own groceries. Packs for Kids is a year round program to provide school kids with easy access to meals and snacks to help out when school or summer meals are unavailable during the weekend. We also operate two weekly off-site pantries at Magnuson Park and North Seattle College.


To apply please email a cover letter and resume to apply@udistrictfoodbank.org with Food Recovery Specialist in the subject line. We will confirm receipt by reply email. You may also deliver your cover letter and resume in person to the on-site Food Bank Manager at 5017 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98105.

Current food bank customers, people of color, women, and LGBTQ identified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted through October 18 at 5pm PDT with priority given to early applicants.

No phone calls please.