Lunch Attendant Job Description

Updated November 15, 2017

Position Overview

A lunch attendant is hired by schools where the need to oversee students during lunchtime is profound. As a lunch attendant, it is your duty to make sure that each student under your supervision is looked after during lunchtime, and that all rules of the lunchroom are properly followed.

Position Requirements

Typically, a high school diploma or a GED equivalent is sufficient to work as a lunch attendant. If you have worked in a similar capacity before, your candidature will of course become stronger. To work as a lunch attendant, it is imperative that you possess a good manner with children.

Since you will primarily be looking after young students, it is imperative that you know just how to deal with them, and handle untoward incidents should they transpire.

As a lunch attendant, you will have to make sure that all the rules are followed, and that unruly behavior is discouraged. Since you will be on your feet most of the day, it is imperative that you are able to handle the physical aspect of working as a lunch attendant.

Usually, more than one lunch attendant are assigned to groups of students, so you will probably not be looking after too many students at the same time. However, you will need to be constantly vigilant, if this is the work that you want to do.

Here is a list of duties that you will be expected to perform, once hired as a lunch attendant:


Lunch Attendant Duties and Responsibilities


• Lead assigned students to the lunchroom in an orderly fashion, ensuring their security and safety throughout.

• Provide students with information on how to behave at the lunchroom, during lunch time.

• Ascertain that proper line / queues are made in front of the lunch counter, to ensure that all students receive their food packages.

• Assist students in locating sitting areas, or lead them to assigned tables.

• Ascertain that all students are properly seated, and that they partake their meals in a proper manner.

• Oversee student activities during mealtimes, ensuring that any arguments or fights are discouraged.

• Provide students with additional food items upon request, while ensuring that their meal tickets are in order.

• Direct students to place trash in proper receptacles, ensuring that any spills are immediately taken care of.

• Lead students back to their classes, ensuring that discipline and behavior are at their best.

• Oversee the cleanliness and sanitation of the lunchroom area, at the end of each school day.