Food Service Helper (Temporary)
Health Care District of Palm Beach County - West Palm Beach, FL

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This temporary (up to 7 month) position is located at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, FL.

Lakeside Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited, 70-bed acute care facility located in the heart of the Glades communities in western Palm Beach County. Lakeside Medical Center, which is owned and operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, is committed to providing quality, compassionate care. In 2012 Lakeside Medical Center received national recognition for quality measures and patient satisfaction. For more information, visit or call 561-996-6571.

General Statement of Job

This position is responsible for maintaining a clean, sanitary and safe food services area for the hospital. The employee assists in the preparation of meals in a hospital kitchen environment including special patient needs, setup, delivery, and cleanup of meals for patients, visitors and hospital personnel.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Records patients’ diet orders, food preferences and changes as needed.

Creates and maintains patient diet history and other associated clerical duties for the Dietary Department.

Completes meal tray cards.

Visits new patients to ascertain food preferences; responds and repeats to staff accordingly.

Prepares desserts, supplements and alternate food items as needed.

Sets up tray line equipment, condiments, beverages, soups and all other food items for each meal.

Checks meal trays for nutrition accuracy.

Gathers special requests and p.m. snacks as required.

Monitors the various nursing unit refrigerators for correct temperature and outdated items.

Delivers patient trays and performs cashier duties as required.

Prepares and sets up the hospital’s cafeteria salad, beverage, and other food item stations.

Prepares food areas and steam tables for meal service.

Prepares, serves and cleans up after each meal.

Observes personal sanitation procedures including, but not limited to, washing hands and wearing hair nets.

Assists co-workers as needed.

Retrieves, disassembles and washes all utensils, dishes, trays and insulated meal components.

Washes, rinses and sanitizes all equipment, devices and utensils in accordance with regulatory standards.

Records dish machine temperatures as required by regulatory and hospital standards.

Cleans and organizes the freezer, walk-in cooler and store room as needed.

Stocks storage areas as required.

Maintains a clean and sanitary work area at all times.

Sweeps and mops floors after each meal served and as needed.

Transports garbage to the dumpster and cleans dumpster area as needed.

Performs heavy cleaning tasks as needed.

Assists with proper food storage, dating, rotating and receiving of food items.

Emergency duty may be required of the incumbent that includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats or disasters, man-made or natural.

Additional Duties:

This job description reflects the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a complete description of all the work requirements and expectations that may be inherent in the position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position. Management of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County reserves the right to assign duties not listed herein as necessary to accomplish the goals of the organization.

Position Qualifications


High School Diploma or GED preferred.


Six (6) months to one (1) year experience preferred .

The Health Care District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and maintains a Drug Free Workplace. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Human Resources. Veterans preferred.

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