This page provides an overview of the food service aide role in long-term care based on the information given to us by those in the field and the sources outlined below. The role of a food service aide may vary based on the long-term home and region. For a more comprehensive picture of this role, visit the nutrition association information links below. This page is part of our Careers in Long-Term Care Initiative.
What does a food service aide do?
Food service aides support the dining experience of long-term care (LTC) residents and make sure their nutritional needs are met. Food service aides contribute to the health and quality of life of residents. A day in the life of a food service aide may include:
- preparing food and beverages in a way that lines up with residents’ abilities and preferences,
- ensuring food safety and cleanliness,
- setting and clearing tables
- serving meals
- supporting catering services
Various clips used in this video were filmed before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infection control practices (such as wearing a mask) may be shown.
What skills will I use?
- Interpersonal communication
- Time management
- Teamwork and collaboration
How do I become a food service aide?
Most LTC homes require a food handler certificate from job applicants or new hires. Some organizations require a diploma in a related field such as a Food Service Worker. Food service aides or food and nutrition management diplomas are examples of programs you can take to get started with a career in food services.
Visit Ontario Colleges.ca to see a list of food service education programs in Ontario.
- Chef or cook
- Food service manager (management)
- Nutrition service manager (management)
- Director of hospitality (management)
Connect to nutrition associations
- Centennial College (2016). Why food service workers deserve a little respect. (web page article).
- Interview with Conestoga College Food Service Faculty
This profile was reviewed by Conestoga College Food Service Faculty.
The webpage is part of the Ontario CLRI at RIA’s Careers in Long-Term Care Initiative