Job Opportunities

Full-time Cook:

OSL has openings for full time, talented cooks or chefs to provide nutritious meals for low income populations and those experiencing homelessness. OSL (OPERATION: Sack Lunch) is a 27 year old nonprofit in Seattle serving the needs of those who struggle with hunger in King County. We are passionate about our mission statement and our foundational tenet that nutritional excellence is a right we are born to, not a privilege we earn. Our organization annually rescues upwards of 890,000 pounds of viable food product from area restaurants and grocery stores in order to make nutritionally dense meals.

OSL is a fast paced environment that requires a stable and amiable personality, comfort working with diverse populations and volunteers. We value diversity, honesty, and creativity and non-aggressive communication skills. OSL is a clean and sober work place. No alcohol or drugs, legal or otherwise may be consumed during working hours.

OSL’s team members receive a starting wage of $15 per hour. Additional wage increases based on performance. OSL requires a three month probationary inside of which no leave may be taken. Following a probationary period of six months, we offer 27 paid leave days, monthly stipend towards medical costs, and $90 towards monthly transportation (bus pass, parking, fuel). Transportation reimbursements applicable within first month of employment.

Desired Qualifications and Requirements:

Minimum culinary experience of three years working in a fast past kitchen environment, such as a cafeteria, restaurant, assisted living facility, work in catering or large batch home cooking

Talented and diverse home cooks are welcome to apply. — please submit photos of your food productions

-Comfort producing 60+ main course options independently without supervision or instruction.
-Knowledge of scratch cooking including, gravy, béchamel, marinara, dressings, casseroles, stews, pasta dishes and several ways to cook chicken, beef and fish.
-Understanding of organic versus conventionally grown ingredients
-Interest in continued culinary and nutrition education
-Committed interest in working for populations struggling with homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, displacement, etc.
-Math skills
-The ability to follow directions, work well on a team, and work independently
-Ability to lift 50+ pounds repetitively
-Excellent communication skills: ability to communicate respectfully and non-aggressively, problem solve and engage critically with other staff members.
-Drivers license with a clean driving record a must
-A strong, amiable and patient personality
-Ability to work with large numbers of volunteers of all ages including minor volunteers
-An eye for cleanliness and the ability to participate in kitchen upkeep; cleaning
-A desire to make a difference in the world

How To Apply:

Please respond with a cover letter detailing your experience as requested above with your resume and references.

Resumes sent without a cover letter will not be considered.

Applicants can drop off their resume and cover letter in person at the Compass Center (210 Alaskan Way S. Cross street Alaskan Way and Washington St) Monday through Friday 9-4 or can email their information to

OSL maintains a drug and alcohol free workplace. We pay an equitable wage with benefits. OSL is an equal opportunities work place, we value diversity. People of all races, genders, identities and faiths are encouraged to apply.