Meal Server

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Part time


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay.


We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school we currently serve ~300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, and first grade through fourth grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


The Meal Server reports to the Dean of School Operations on site and will be part of the Operations team. This Meal Server works closely with our meal program operators and interacts with our students and faculty on a daily basis and is responsible for coordinating food deliveries and service to our youngest students.


The Meal Server is responsible for routine tasks related to serving food for our preschool and kindergartners on site. The Meal Server will set up, serve, and/or portion meals being served for our preschool classrooms.

  • Ensure food quality standards and plans are followed from delivery to presentation/service of the final product in a timely manner while providing excellent customer service.
  • Assist with food management, set up, service and clean up after breakfast and lunch meals.
  • Maintain a food safe environment, complying with State, Federal and State Preschool food safety policies.
  • Maintains a clean, organized, sanitary-free service area.
  • Observes a safety-first environment, free of hazards to include a dry floor,
  • May be required to rack trays and products, and stage racks for use or pick up.
  • Complies with the company's green waste compost and recycling program.
  • Performs other duties as needed.


  • 1 or more years of customer service experience in a food service facility or restaurant.
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to read, write and speak fluent English.
  • Ability to be punctual, and work a flexible schedule, covering early morning and mid-day shifts.
  • Able to use good verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of safe and proper food handling procedures, and kitchen equipment is preferred.
  • Ability to pass background checks.
  • Fingerprinting & TB Testing required upon hire.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service, work well with others and participate as part of a team.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is required.

A Plus If

  • ServSafe food handlers permit holders, but this should not deter any applicants from applying.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


This is a part-time position, M-F 7:30am-12:30pm. Hourly pay range begins at $17.00


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the online application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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The Primary School

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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