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Position: Barista, part-time
Organization: Leftovers Foundation
Location: Calgary, Alberta


The Leftovers Foundation is Western Canada’s largest charitable food redirection organization. We have a dual mission to reduce food waste and increase food access. Our largest program is our Food Rescue App, which mobilizes community volunteers to connect vendors who have excess food to service agencies feeding hungry people. We also work with local chefs to upcycle large donations of food items that cannot be used by service agencies into new food products through our ANEW program, and to connect community members who have excess produce from backyard gardens to service agencies in need through our Home Harvest program. We currently operate in Calgary, Edmonton, Hinton, Airdrie, and Winnipeg.


Kin is a social initiative that uses PWYW (Pay What You Want) principles to increase food access by building dignity into every customer’s experience. We are launching two models this year:

Kin Grocery Store, a PWYW grocery store, will be launching early 2022.

Kin Cafe, a cafe and community gathering space built in partnership with YMCA Calgary, will be launching later in 2021.

PWYW is about creating shared value: a framework that builds economic value while simultaneously addressing societal needs. Using the PWYW model, Kin addresses financial accessibility while also redirecting upcycled or otherwise wasted food products (without compromising on quality). The PWYW model empowers consumers to decide how much value they feel they’re receiving from our products. This is a model based on reciprocal trust.


The team at the Leftovers Foundation recognizes that issues within our food systems are deeply rooted in racial, economic, and social inequities. We want to be an organization working towards positive change, acknowledging our shortcomings, and committing to doing better. We are at the beginning of a continual journey towards addressing the systems of oppression that impact marginalized communities. To learn more about the actions we’re taking, visit


To operate the pilot project called Kin Cafe, you will be in charge of operating a coffee cart in the Shawnessy YMCA. This position will operate part time over the fall and winter season with opportunities to expand as Kin grows.

Key responsibilities could include:

  • Receiving orders from customers
  • Preparing and serving food and coffee drinks
  • Collecting cash or credit card donations
  • Cleaning cafe and kitchen areas
  • Working with volunteers
  • Preparing and cooking light food options

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience working in a coffee shop or related setting is an asset
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and can work independently
  • Proven ability to work with volunteers
  • Excellent communication, time management, and customer service skills
  • Knowledge of food safety; food safe certification would be considered an asset

To Apply:

If this sounds like an opportunity you’d like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit your resume and an expression of interest via email, with “Kin P/T Barista Application” in the subject line, to . The Leftovers Foundation is committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment and selection process. If you are invited to attend an interview and require accommodation, please advise us in advance of our meeting.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 2 2021    ID: 61242