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Become A Food Service Associate

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Working As A Food Service Associate

  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $20,420

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service Associate Do At Rochester Regional Health

* Food Preparation.
* Prepare all meals as assigned, maintain quality, accuracy and timeliness; thoroughly replenish work stations and supplies for next service
* Customer Service.
* Deliver food carts to and from units, and/or collect all soiled trays
* Cleaning.
* Clean all work areas used in accordance with New York State Sanitation Code, Chapter 1, Part 14; maintain a personal representation of the Food and Nutrition Service Department through professionalism, hygiene and uniform
* Rochester Regional Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

What Does A Food Service Associate Do At Highmark Health

* Utilizes proper food handling, portioning and food storage techniques according to departmental standards/policies and regulatory guidelines.
* Maintains, assembles and stocks adequate levels of food items, products and supplies. (20%)
* Performs register duties required to process customers according to procedures.
* Communicates cafeteria menu, specials, and pricing. (20%)
* Performs dish room/pot room duties as assigned in a timely, organized manner to supply clean supplies as needed. (20%)
* Disposes of trash according to procedures; cleans and sanitizes containers to ensure that department and agency sanitation guidelines and regulations are met. (20%)
* Maintains sanitation and safety standards according to departmental and regulatory agency requirements. (20%)
* Performs other duties as assigned and required

What Does A Food Service Associate Do At The Christ Hospital Health Network

* Obtain meal orders from patients and visitors via telephone or in person.
* Enters meal orders into the C-bord diet office management system for menu processing.
* Assesses patient’s ability to utilize room service.
* Operates cash register with speed and accuracy.
* Takes cash register readings at all appropriate times during the shift.
* Attends meeting as required to enhance knowledge, job skills, and communications within the department.
* Performs other duties or responsibilities as assigned or needed.
* May assist in other areas as relief

What Does A Food Service Associate Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Prepare and deliver items as requested by patient care units or patients.
* Deliver food carts to patient care units.
* Return carts to kitchen at designated times.
* Wash specified items by hand, follows established guidelines for 3 sink manual washing method.
* Break down food carts, load dish machine and oversee dish washing function.
* Put clean dishes and utensils away in proper areas.
* Safely use chemicals and cleaning agents.
* Follow MSDS guidelines and precautions.
* Maintain the established policies, procedures, and objectives for quality control and safety.
* Take temperatures every meal period and take action when temperatures are inappropriate.
* Collect and dispose of trash and garbage in appropriate manner and as needed.
* Operate compactor according to instructions.
* Sweep and mop floors as scheduled and as necessary.
* Work the tray line as scheduled.
* Place condiments, salads and desserts on each tray according to marked menus.
* Observe infection control practices at all times.
* Perform other related duties as assigned that correspond to the overall function of this position

What Does A Food Service Associate Do At Johns Hopkins Medicine

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* Responsible for the preparation of food for Room Service, assembling meal trays according to diet order and delivering meal trays to patients and guests.
* Correctly assembles patient trays according to current diet order and patient selection.
* Ensures all dates of prepacked foods are checked and dates are good before placing them on food tray.
* Gathers established amounts of fresh food based on par levels and prepares them for Room Service.
* Ensures all food products used are within date.
* Correctly assembles patient trays according to current diet order and patient selection.
* Ensures all dates of prepacked foods are checked and dates are good before placing them on food tray.
* Delivers trays within 45 minutes of receiving patient's food order via Room Service phone.
* Sanitizes hands before and after entering patient's room.
* Does final scanning of tray outside of patient's room not beforehand.
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How To Become A Food Service Associate

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Food Service Associate Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • German

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Filipino

  • Ukrainian

  • Mandarin

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Top Skills for A Food Service Associate


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Top Food Service Associate Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Food Service Equipment
  3. Food Preparation Areas
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Use meat slicer and other kitchen equipment safely.
  • March 2010-January 2013 Food Service Associate at Bene's Pizza and Pasta Operated and monitored proper functioning of food service equipment.
  • Cleaned food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Set up, serve, and/or assist in serving food items on trays while adhering to policies and procedures.
  • Deliver food trays stored in metal carts throughout the hospital Stock refrigerators with produce, freezers, and dry produce stock rooms

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