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Job Detail: Food Box Site Coordinator
About Children's Aid:
Children's Aid was founded in 1853 by Charles Loring Brace and a group of social reformers at a time when orphan asylums and almshouses were the only social services available for poor and homeless children in New York City. Children’s Aid operated lodging houses, fresh air programs, and industrial schools to support an estimated 30,000 poor and orphaned children living in the city’s streets, and pioneered the Orphan Train Movement.
New York City and poverty have changed drastically since the 1850s, but Children’s Aid has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of children, youth, and their families, often pioneering social programs that have found universal traction.
Children’s Aid (CA) helps children in poverty to succeed and
thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their
families in targeted, high-needs New York City neighborhoods. In 2003, CA
launched a number of programs aimed at preventing and slowing the rates of
childhood obesity in the communities we serve. The programs come together
under the umbrella of Go!Healthy, a comprehensive obesity prevention and
health promotion initiative that engages children from birth through
adolescence, as well as parents and staff.
The Eat Smart NY program is funded by a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) Nutrition Education grant, which aims to improve eating habits
and physical activity behaviors among the youth and families served by
Within the Eat Smart NY Program, the Food Box Program provides bags full of
high-quality, fresh, local fruits and vegetables to communities with limited
access to quality produce. We operate weekly distributions of pre-packed bags
filled with 7-9 produce items available at wholesale cost for anyone to
purchase. Food Box functions similarly to a Community Supported Agriculture
(CSA) program in which participants sign-up by providing name, contact
information, and payment at least one week prior to collecting their bag of
produce, just without the whole-season commitment: prior to one week in
advance, no further commitment is required to participate, allowing folks to
participate as much or as little as they wish throughout the summer and fall.
The Food Box program encourages the participation of low income families by
both accepting EBT food stamps and WIC, as well as offering food boxes at a
discounted price to those who receive such benefits.
We are seeking part-time Food Box Site Coordinators (10-15 hrs/week) from June
through December 2019 to assist in implementing Children’s Aid Go!Healthy Food
Box programming in the Bronx and Harlem. The Site Coordinators will report to
the Project Director for the Go!Healthy Eat Smart NY program and will assist
the team on-site and in the program office with a variety of program
components, including: set-up and implementation of produce distribution,
providing community members information around program participation,
promotional tabling with nutrition information and food samples, membership
management, managing participant and financial data, among other activities as
the season progresses. The ideal candidates will have knowledge about
regionally-grown fruit and vegetables – including growing seasons/patterns and
culinary applications, experience with cooking-based nutrition education in
diverse community settings, and knowledge about/experience working with
alternative food systems (farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture,
food boxes, etc). Spanish language skills are required.
- Coordinate and manage weekly Food Box distribution
- Track and manage food box participants
- Manage sales of produce during distribution
- Coordinate nutrition education activities and liaise with on-site nutritionist
- Assist with supplies and materials management for program and maintain adequate stock at site
- Track and manage distribution data during the food box season
- Attend meetings and trainings as required
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Spanish language skills are required.
- Experience working with local produce in a personal or professional capacity
- Prior CSA or food box membership is a plus.
- Experience and interest in food and cooking, especially with local, seasonal produce.
- Experience working in diverse community settings, especially in Latin communities, is preferred.
- Willingness to travel to sites in outer boroughs.
- Energetic, with great capacity to prioritize and juggle multiple projects efficiently.
- Ability to lift heavy boxes easily.
- Loves working in a team and values cultivating a strong team dynamic.
- Organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated.
- Creative, flexible, with strong problem-solving skills.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: Beth Bainbridge, MPH, RDN, Project Director, Go!Healthy Eat Smart NY – email@example.com
About the job
|Location||New York, New York|
|Date||08 May 2019|
About the company
|Company name||Children's Aid|
|Street||711 Third Avenue|