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Job Detail: Food Access Program Coordinator

About Fresh Approach:

The mission of Fresh Approach is to create long-term change in local food systems by connecting California communities with healthy food from California farmers and expanding knowledge about food and nutrition. We accomplish our mission through a variety of programs, including the Mobile Farmers’ Market; VeggieRx; Collective Roots Gardening; and the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market. ​We believe that ​everyone should have equal access to healthy foods,​ and that the health of our communities and the livelihood of our local farmers should go hand-in-hand.

For our Food Access Programs, 2020 will be the 7​ year we’ve operated our mobile farmers’ market.​ We serve communities of all ages, ethnicities, and income levels with ​100% certified California grown produce,​ sourced entirely from small farms within 200 miles of the Bay Area. By partnering with local health clinics, businesses, city governments, churches, and community centers, we are able to deliver healthy, local food to the places people naturally gather, while honoring each community’s local culture. (More info at ​


Position Summary:

Fresh Approach seeks a highly detail-oriented and organized individual with good public communication skills (English and Spanish) to provide program coordination for Fresh Approach’s food access projects. The position is primarily responsible for supporting in-field operations for Fresh Approach’s multiple program areas at sites throughout the South Bay, ​mainly San Jose, Sunnyvale, and East Palo Alto.​ The role will operate our food access projects 2-3 days a week (Mobile Farmers’ Market and East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market). The coordinator will also be trained across all Fresh Approach programs to support nutrition education activities, community gardening, outreach programs, and other duties as assigned.

This is a full-time non-exempt position (between 30-40 hours per week) with benefits including paid sick time, paid vacation, health insurance, and 401k retirement matching.


Position Responsibilities:

1. Act as Program Coordinator for mobile farmers’ market and farmers’ market in East Palo Alto (approximately 80% of the time)

  • Safely operate the mobile farmers’ market vehicle (22ft box truck) and drive between market locations
  • Accurately administer cash, credit, and EBT sales transactions to customers in​English and Spanish​ and complete end of day financial tracking
  • Learn and adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), including safety and quality protocols across all programs
  • Engage customers about healthy eating, local food, and shopping on a budget.
  • Assist with training interns and volunteers
  • Support outreach efforts throughout the South Bay to share information about Fresh Approach programs

2. Act as a Nutrition Educator and support across programs (approximately 10-20% of the time)

  • Teach nutrition education classes in​ English and Spanish
  • Administer pre-and post-surveys for program evaluation
  • Develop and deliver messages to encourage better-informed choices about nutrition and local food systems
  • Conduct outreach to recipients of public benefits including CalFresh, WIC, MediCal, and disability
  • Support the development of new projects and gardening programs
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Qualifications:

  • Bilingual: A high proficiency in English and Spanish is required
  • Applicants living in and around San Jose and East Palo Alto are highly encouraged to apply
  • Experience or interest in working with diverse populations
  • Preference given to candidates living in the communities served as well as individuals with personal experience of food scarcity
  • Exceptional interpersonal, retail, or customer service skills
  • Experience and comfort leading nutrition education classes to various age groups and/or facilitating large group discussions

  • Personally and professionally interested and excited about community health, local food systems, andCalifornia agriculture

  • Adept at Microsoft Excel and Word, Google Suite, and other technology software

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner and the ability to work independently

  • Willingness to show initiative and creativity


Compensation and Benefits

  • This an an hourly, non-exempt temporary position consisting of 30-40 hours a week reporting to Food Access Program Manager
  • Starting wages for this position are $19.00 per hour
  • Benefits for full-time positions, defines as 30 hours or more per week, include employee premiums for medical, dental, and vision coverage paid by the employer, vacation accruals, cell phone reimbursement, and annual education stipend


To Apply:

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter​ ​to​ ​

  1. A cover letter that highlights the experiences (both work-related and personal) which qualify you for this position

  2. A resume detailing previous work, volunteer, academic, and other experiences which qualify you for this position



About the job

Location San Francisco, California
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 27 December 2019

About the company

Company name Fresh Approach
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (925) 771-2990


Street 5060 Commercial Circle
City Concord
District California
Zip 94520
Country United States