Help Wanted – Lettuce Eat

Published by Karen Mason-Bennett on

Lettuce Eat is a pilot project designed to address food insecurity driven by economic considerations. Lettuce Eat is based on two hypothesis. First, that there are likely more families reducing food costs in order to afford fixed expenses than estimated, and second, that these families can be prevented from further slipping into food insecurity through a collaborative program that uses our knowledge of bulk purchases to increase economic efficiency.

Lettuce Eat is built upon food justice, the belief that everyone regardless of income, has the right to healthy, nutritious food on a daily basis. The program is built around the participation of each family towards increasing their own family’s food security along with the other program participants. It is this participation that makes Lettuce Eat different from simply cooking classes or food bank support; Lettuce Eat participants will be an integral component of their success. By pooling sufficient resources to capitalize on economies of scale, we can reduce the pressure of food costs placed on low income families before they require traditional food supports like the food bank, while building an inclusive, multicultural community where food is common ground.

The program will seek 10-15 local families that are currently experiencing food insecurity driven by affordability. The maximum number of total participants in the pilot phase is 75. We will work with existing community partners (Salvation Army, Women’s Resources Society, and Friendship Centre etc.) to identify and invite families to participate. The length of the pilot is 25 weeks (2 planning & recruitment, 22 pilot and 1 reporting).

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Lettuce Eat Coordinator is based in Fort St John, BC and will report to the Executive Director. The Lettuce Eat Coordinator will:

  • Supervise and evaluate Lettuce Eat, a 25 week pilot project including developing menus and daily/weekly activity plans, coordinating, supervising and evaluating staff and participants
  • Lead, empower, and support program participants and support staff
  • Coordinate the purchase of supplies
  • Develop partnerships with local community groups;
  • Organize community volunteers
  • Ensure materials for all activities are gathered and ready for use;
  • Perform risk assessments daily, weekly, and as necessary to keep all participants and staff safe;
  • Complete all mandatory reports and participate in weekly meetings;
  • Represent NEAT professionally at all times
  • Be a positive team player facilitating success in participants
  • Complete other duties as assigned

This position will require a varied workweek schedule to accommodate program activities and will average 25 hours per week for 28 weeks is 25 weeks (2 planning & recruitment, 22 pilot and 1 reporting).

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-secondary education in food services/food security or equivalent experience
  • Personable with strong social skills; confidentiality is imperative
  • Sensitivity to and knowledge of environmental issues, especially related to local food security
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to design, gather and analyze research information
  • Ability to build community relationships and use information from the community to guide program direction
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work unsupervised and demonstrate motivation and initiative
  • Ability to work varied hours (mornings, evenings, and weekends)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet usage

REQUIRED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

To be eligible for the program, job applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations. 
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and regular access to a vehicle
  • Meets requirements for working with children
  • Subject to security review
  • Holds a valid BC Food Safe Certificate or equivalent
  • Holds a valid Standard First Aid Certificate

Term of Position

  • This is a temporary part-time position. Hours of the position will average 25 hours per week for 25 weeks. Wage: $25/hour
  • Reimbursement for use of personal vehicle at $0.55 per kilometer

Duration

25 Week pilot project with option for continuation dependent on funding.

To Apply Please email resume and cover letter to ed@neat.ca


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