Food Forward

Community Program Coordinator

Employment type
21 days ago
Los Angeles

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. - a 501c3 non-profit
Position:  Community Program Coordinator
Hours: Full-Time, non-exempt
Location: Los Angeles and Ventura Counties 

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview:  The Community Program Coordinator will directly report to the Managing Director of Programs.  This person will play an important role in supporting, maintaining and expanding Community Programs, which include the Farmers Market Recovery and  Backyard Harvest Programs in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. This position is an entry-level position and provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the food justice community, while working to grow the program’s presence across Southern California. The Coordinator is the bridge between Food Forward’s wonderful volunteers, volunteer leaders, receiving agencies, and organizational needs.  

We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented who can work both independently and collaboratively, in-person and remotely, to participate, schedule, coordinate logistics for weekly events. They will be responsible for reviewing and organizing large amounts of data and information, and communicating in a clear, concise and timely manner with a variety of stakeholders. The person in this role will have access to a Food Forward vehicle for many work-related tasks but occasional personal vehicle usage will be required. Applicable mileage will be eligible for reimbursement at standard IRS rates.  This position requires work Sunday through Wednesday with flexibility for the fifth day of the week.

Core Responsibilities:

Program Operations and Logistics

  • Transport materials and equipment between the office, markets, harvests, and receiving agencies using Food Forward’s vehicles (a utility/cargo  van and a large truck with bed) throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County 2 -3 days per week
  • Coordinate all aspects of gleaning events:
    • Recruit, train and retain event leaders
    • Coordinate receiving agencies for pick-up and drop-offs
    • Conduct timely and effective communication with a variety of stakeholders (Hunger relief agencies, market management, potential partners, etc…) to achieve program objectives
  • Maintaining accurate metrics, performing data collection and data entry via Excel, Google Suite & CITRA (Food Forward’s proprietary database)
  • Procure, secure, maintain and stock storage locations
  • Lead Farmers Market Recovery and Backyard Harvest events as needed
  • Act as support staff to the volunteers when out in the field
  • Maintain and repair equipment as needed


Community Engagement:

  • Serve as a community ambassador for Food Forward
  • Assist in the prospecting of new community partners
  • AdHoc duties as assigned


Minimum Requirements:

  • Mandatory availability from Sunday  to Wednesday
  • Sunday will require being in the field at events, leading, restocking or other ad hoc duties 
  • Computer literate and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google G-Mail, and Google Sheets.
  • Experience driving a van or larger cargo vehicle
  • High School diploma/GED or equivalent work experience
  • Maintain Valid Class C Driver’s license and clean driving record


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry boxes of produce weighing up to 60 lbs repeatedly from ground to vehicles and over unstable ground
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry,  grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors


Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: October 2021
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $19.71 per hour


  • Medical, Vision and Life Insurance Coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work Flexibility
To apply

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read, Community Program Coordinator  - (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? 

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application. 

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.