Weekend Field Support/Driver
(Independent Contractor Position, 4-15 hrs/week, approx. 2-8 days/month)
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 10 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 80 million pounds (more than 320 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing over 20,000 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 the unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to local hunger relief agencies and food pantries. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward’s mission, as it addresses food access equality by redirecting the abundance of fresh, healthy produce from farmers markets to the people who need it the most. Since 2012, the FMR program has recovered over 3.2 million pounds of produce at weekly volunteer events at 25 markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
The Backyard Harvest Program (BYH) started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested from a single tree and harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines and has since blossomed into the volunteer-powered collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from residential trees and private and publicly owned orchards. To date, the BYH program has harvested and donated over 3 million pounds of produce in Ventura and Los Angeles County (with some additional work done in Santa Barbara, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties). 100% of this fruit is donated to local agencies serving those in need.
The Weekend Field Support/Driver will report to the FMR Manager and BYH Manager and serve two main roles:
The Sunday market responsibilities include re-stocking the FMR supply kits at farmers markets across west and central Los Angeles, checking in with Glean Team Leaders (volunteers) and assessing their needs, filling in as a Glean Team Leader or assisting with gleans when needed, and occasionally driving boxes from farmers markets to receiving agencies.
The weekend BYH program responsibilities (needed only during the months of January-June), include equipment drop-off and pick-up, fruit collection and delivery to local agencies, and assisting with harvesting and leading harvests when needed. The Weekend Field Support/Driver should be able to lead volunteers at any market or harvest in emergencies. The Weekend Field Support/Driver is expected to provide great customer service, keep in contact with the FMR and BYH Managers, and provide weekly email recaps of the weekend’s events.
All FMR work is on Sundays (6-8 hours). Time commitment would be at least two Sundays per month. Additional hours would be available, depending on need. The schedule will be coordinated with the FMR Manager one to two months in advance.
All BYH work is on Saturday or Sunday mornings (5-7 hours) during the months of January-June. Time commitment would be at most two Saturdays or Sundays per month. Additional hours may be available, depending on need. The schedule will be coordinated with the BYH Manager at least two weeks in advance.
The Weekend Field Support/Driver would be using Food Forward vehicles and does not need to provide a delivery vehicle. However, reliable transport to and from the office is required.
Send a cover letter in the body of an email to [email protected] with your resume attached as a PDF. In your cover letter, be sure to include (1) where you discovered this listing and (2) an answer to the following question: if you were a variety of produce, which variety of produce would you be and why?
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