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Organization: Food Forward, Inc a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, www.foodforward.org
Location: North Hollywood, CA
Start Date: ASAP
Organizational Overview: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 55 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.
The Farmers Market Recovery Program (FMR) is an innovative program that gleans unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to hunger relief agencies around Los Angeles. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward’s mission, as it addresses the problems of food waste that are often present at farmers markets while combating hunger and food access injustices. The FMR program currently has weekly volunteer events at 23 markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
The Program Coordinator will report to the FMR Manager and will play an important role in organizing and deepening the program. Weekly responsibilities of the Program Coordinator include coordinating and retaining lead volunteers; maintaining program logistics; data collection, and; reporting detailed program information to the FMR Manager. Long-term projects will include assisting in the launch of new market gleaning programs, engaging with program stakeholders, and supporting volunteer and vendor appreciation efforts. The Program Coordinator will have the opportunity to offer new ideas and techniques to improve the program.
Most work would be completed Monday through Friday. At least two weekend work days are required per month to accommodate the weekend markets. Weekend work would consist of volunteer and logistics support and in-the-field market visits for quality control and restocking of equipment.
Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $15-$18 an hour, d.o.e.
Food Forward Core Values:
Send a cover letter in the body of the email including: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why? Please attach your resume as a PDF and send to [email protected]
The subject line should read, Farmers Market Recovery Program Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to insure that we process your application.
Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, people with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.