Food Pantry Manager

Food Pantry Manager


Job Title: Food Pantry Manager​​​​​​
Reports To:Pastor and Chairperson of Trustees​​​​
Job Status:Non-Bargaining (Part Time100 hours per month)
Location:On-site (East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9990 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44104)

Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Pastor and Chairperson of Trustees oversees the Lifeline Food Pantry. Provides oversight, management, and administrative support to ensure the food pantry, food pantry services, and volunteers continue serving the community.

Roles and Responsibilities

he Lifeline Food Pantry Manager will be responsible for:

overseeing the intake of requests for food assistance and preparing food orders and purchases accordingly which involved an average of 3-6 hours weekly for three weeks of the month;
ordering and purchasing food from the Food Bank of Greater Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Food Network, and several retail food vendors which involved an average of 7-10 hours weekly for three weeks of the month.
managing the “food distribution week which requires 30-40 hours” which involves arranging transportation for the delivery, unloading, and repacking of food products based on orders recorded throughout the month;
managing and overseeing a volunteer workforce of over 75 persons; and
overseeing accurate financial, food safety, and management recordkeeping required by the federal agencies and the local non-profits — Food Bank of Greater Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Food Network, the United Way, and EMZBC — that provide financial and in-kind resources to the Food Pantry.

In addition, the part-time Lifeline Food Pantry Manager will be responsible for:

  •  grant writing, soliciting contributions, and special event planning designed to generate additional financial resources needed to accommodate the expanding food subsistence needs of Ward Six residents.
  • re-negotiating existing and pursuing new vendor agreements for food, transportation services, and packaging materials;
  • establishing a community outreach workers program designed to build trustworthy and healthy relationships between the Food Pantry delivery team and their food pantry clients.  The delivery team, as opportunities arise, will utilize their unique access to inform residents of available resources and services through East Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s (EMZBC) non-profit agency and other providers.  The community outreach workers/food pantry drivers will complete a training program that informs them about:
      • o the past and present history of Ward Six communities and the families/individuals residing there;
      • programs, services, and opportunities that may be relevant/of value to the residents; and
      • appropriate relational and communication skills enabling the community outreach workers to interact with residents.  
  • recruiting college students, young professionals, area churches and residents, and suburban congregations to participate in the volunteer workforce; and
  • advocating on behalf of Ward Six residents regarding food shortages and other city, state and national issues impacting them.


  1. Three to five years of experience operating a food pantry or similar social service organizations.
  2. At least one year of progressive supervisory experience.
  3. Demonstrated, strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  4. Demonstrated, strong administrative, management, interpersonal, and budget management skills.
  5. Available approximately 100 hours per month on-site (20 hours per week for 3 weeks of the month and 40 hours the last week of the month).  
  6. Ability to successfully complete a background check.
  7. Salary commensurate with experience.
  8. Passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with Christ through community.

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Navigating Life When the Walls Have Yet to Fall Down

September 10, 2023 - by Rev. Dr. Brian A. Cash, Pastor EMZBC

Joshua 1:1-9 NIV

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.