Meal Program Manager

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full time salaried position

THE MISSION of The Gathering is to provide meals and associated services or programs to those who would otherwise go hungry or without

 Job Title:   Meal Program Manager

General Description: Management of all aspects of the Gathering Community Meal Programs; breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, volunteers, and the Fresh Produce Preservation Project. Work schedule Tuesday through Saturday.

Reports to: Executive Director

Understanding of and commitment to The Gathering’s mission to feed Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless with dignity and respect

Skills Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (experience will be taken into consideration)
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing programs
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience hiring, training, evaluating, and managing staff
  • Ability to handle and prioritize several tasks at one time
  • Excellent computer skills – working knowledge of excel required


  1. Responsible for the overall operation of The Gathering’s Community Meal Programs; including the hiring, training, evaluation and managing of program staff:
    • General oversight of the Breakfast Program – staff, volunteers, and operations; including inventory
    • General oversight of the Dinner Program – staff, volunteers, and operations; including inventory
    • General oversight of the Saturday Lunch Program – Volunteers, staff, and operations; including recruitment, training, management, scheduling, communication with the Saturday volunteer cooks and coordinators and volunteer serving individuals and groups
    • General oversight of the operations of the Fresh Produce Preservation Project – staff, volunteers, operations, and pounds preserved
    • General oversight of the Driver to ensure smooth and efficient delivery of supplies
  1. Work directly with the Breakfast and Dinner Coordinators to ensure the smooth operation of each meal site
    • Be on site at the Breakfast program 2 – 3 times each week
    • Be on site at the Dinner Program 1 time each week
  1. Work with established groups and recruit new groups to provide Saturday Bag Lunches for distribution at Meal sites.
  2. Gather accurate information to complete monthly report for TEFAP/Hunger Task Force on number of guests served at each meal and inventory on hand per HTF reporting system-due 5th of the month
  3. Gather accurate information of number of guests served through additional guest programming (i.e., mental health services, medical, legal, supply distributions, etc.) for quarterly reporting
  4. Maintain open communication with other organizations that are also utilizing Gathering meal site locations for collaborative programming
  5. Maintain relationships with United Way Volunteer Center, United Way Days of Caring, Marquette Hunger Clean-Up, Komatsu, Baird, and other partner organizations
  6. Network with other agencies in the hunger community or those serving similar populations
  7. Provide staff support to Program Committee & Volunteer Committee
  8. Participate in Gathering staff meetings, team building, trainings, and other activities


  • ServeSafe certified
  • Car, insurance, and valid driver’s license
  • COVID 19 vaccinated
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility & Dependability
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer savvy able to use Microsoft Office; good working knowledge of Excel
  • Able to sit/stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 25 pounds

Compensation: Full Time Salaried Position – Tuesday – Saturday work schedule – salary based on experience $40,000 – $46,000 annually


  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • 40l(k) w/match first 4%
  • 15 PTO days prorated
  • Paid Holidays

The Gathering is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

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