YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you love food, there are jobs available outside of the restaurant industry.
Dietary aides work with food, but the job also requires close interaction with people.
Shepherd of the Valley hires dietary aides to help with its daily meal service. A high school diploma is not required, plus full- and part-time positions are available.
“They take the orders. They grab the orders from the cooks. They take drink orders, and they’re providing that service to our residents,” said Matt Bauman, dietary director of Shepherd of the Valley.
Bauman said residents have special diets, so it’s important to keep their dietary needs in mind. That would include knowing which food matches patients on a low-carb or low-sodium diet and delivering the proper order.
Most of the training is done in-house. There is also some light food prep done by the aides.
Emily Roach, a dietary aide, talked about her role and how caring about people is the number-one priority.
“It’s definitely rewarding. You go home knowing that you’re helping people,” she said.
Roach is also helping herself. She has already seen room for advancement with this position and has taken advantage of the opportunity.
“I’m currently training to be a cook for a couple days a week, so then it’s more money, which is nice,” she said,
For now, she’s happy in her role as a dietary aide, serving food and serving people.
She recommends a person with patience. Bauman said he is always looking for a people person.
“These folks are people’s grandparents, great-grandparents, and our service that we provide, 50 percent is getting food and drink correct. The other 50 percent is the service we provide in a friendly manner and getting to build a relationship with these folks,” he said. “That’s very important to us.”