Nutrition and food insecurity go hand in hand. For those struggling with hunger, food choices are often made based on price instead of nutritional value. These choices can have long-term consequences on overall health, obesity, childhood achievement, and so on. To combat this Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry prioritizes nutrient-dense and protein-rich foods, plus programs that help facilitate healthy eating. This position is crucial to that mission, ensuring that vital programming is available.
As part of this effort to focus on health and nutrition, the Nutrition Program Assistant assists with the Social Services Program, oversees the Home Delivery program, Summer Meals program, and the Surplus Project.
Manage day-to-day operation of programs that include Home Delivery, Summer Meals, and the Surplus Project to ensure they are adequately staffed with volunteers and have the necessary resources.
Communicate regularly with program participants to ensure their needs are met.
Train, manage, and help volunteers pertaining to relevant programs.
Create dietary plans and food menus alongside on-staff registered dietitians for applicable programs.
Plan program logistics including delivery routes, volunteer schedules, and program enrollments.
Assist with data entry and analysis using Salesforce, Food Bank Manager, and excel.
Assist with program outreach and marketing
Complete required food safety handling, and program eligibility training, as necessary.
Ensure state and federal guidelines are met for eligible programs.
Develop programming for programs, including activity for kids of all ages at Summer Meals sites.
Meet one-on-one with clients seeking guidance applying for federally/state funded programs.
Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.
High School Diploma with 2-year’s related experience minimum. College Degree and related experience in community nutrition education, nonprofit management, program coordinator, public health, health sciences, community outreach, or volunteer management preferred.
Food sanitation licensure (or willingness and ability to achieve it once hired—fees paid by the Pantry)
Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
Ability to work with and encourage interaction between people of all ages and abilities
Current driver’s license
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong organizational and time-management skills
Must be a team-player and detail-oriented
Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish) are a plus
Member Status and Hours: Full-time AmeriCorps Member; 1,700 hours to be completed within a contracted timeframe. Routine schedule Monday through Friday but must be willing to work an occasional evening or weekend hours.
Environment: Multi-level work area: administrative offices/workspace not fully accessible to the mobility impaired. Must be physically capable of walking up and down stairs and be able to lift 40 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment. Equal opportunity employer
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Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
Living Allowance: $13,732 to be distributed in equal allotments every two weeks within the contract term.
Education Award: Upon successful completion of the member's term of service, the member will receive an education award from the National Service Trust in the amount of $5,730.
Health care insurance for the AmeriCorps member
Child care assistance if applicable.
Internal Number: 7083861324
About Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry’s mission is to work together as a community to reduce hunger locally through direct hunger relief services, hunger awareness education, and advocacy to influence anti-hunger policy. We serve over 45,000 individuals from the Chicago metropolitan area each year. To accelerate a program management career and help Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry fulfill its mission, successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for service to the community, dedication to creating and maintaining a positive work environment, and a belief that together we can make meaningful change in the world. Candidates will also embody the Food Pantry’s Core Values: demonstrating respect for all (donors, clients, volunteers, and staff), acting with fairness, prioritizing community-building, and maintaining personal accountability in the service of the mission.