Orange County schools try to fill over 200 jobs in nutrition department

Orange County Public Schools is attempting to fill greater than 200 open positions in its meals vitamin companies (FNS) division earlier than college begins in August.

Lora Gilbert, FNS senior director for OCPS, stated a number of components are contributing to the workers scarcity, together with the Coronavirus pandemic, nationwide worker scarcity, and needing extra staff for 3 new faculties opening in Orange County.

“We normally depend on temp businesses for about 180 staff at first of the 12 months so we’re frightened we received’t get that,” Gilbert stated. “We’ve had individuals who need to keep house with their youngsters or they’re caring for his or her mother and father so there’s a variety of causes we’re brief this 12 months.”

Gilbert stated if the district can’t fill all of the positions earlier than college begins in August, scholar lunch choices might be affected.

“Instead of like three to 5 entrees, they could solely have a pair, a cold and hot. We’re all frightened about ensuring we are able to fill the positions. The college students will nonetheless have a wholesome meal, they only received’t have as many choices.”

OCPS FNS is seeking to rent entry-level and assistant supervisor positions, together with cooks and meals preparers. Wages vary from $10-$15.

“This meals service job might be the perfect on the planet as a result of the district pays a very good portion of their well being and dental insurance coverage,” Gilbert stated staff may also have holidays and weekends off.

FNS Multi-unit supervisor Ebony Frazer stated she has by no means seen this many vacant positions in her 11 years working in FNS. But she is encouraging folks to use as a result of there’s the chance for profession progress.

“Food Service presents many lessons [for free] and in case you are prepared to develop in your profession and prepared to be taught, I extremely counsel people take these lessons as a result of you’ll be able to advance,” Frazer stated. “There’s lots of people that begin entry-level and work their method all the best way as much as a supervisor place.”

Frazer stated six months after she began working with OCPS she entered a coaching program and now oversees FNS managers within the southeast district of the county.

FNS is internet hosting a job truthful on July 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bithlo Community Center. People are inspired to pre-register for the occasion. People are additionally inspired to use for FNS jobs on-line by visiting the OCPS website.

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