Join the Central Texas Food Bank in its efforts to bridge the summer meal gap for children and teens aged 18 and under who are at risk of hunger.
The Food Bank is a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals in the summertime to children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. The goal of SFSP is to ensure that these children continue to receive the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and play when school is not in session. Summer meal sites are located at recreation centers, low-income apartment complexes, churches, housing authority properties, and other locations where children gather over the summer. The Food Bank produces all of the meals provided at SFSP sites in its commercial kitchen.
The Food Bank also operates the BackPack Program at a subset of SFSP sites. The BackPack Program meets the weekend nutrition needs of children participating in the Food Bank’s summer meal program. BackPack participants receive a pack of approximately four nutritious, shelf-stable meals every Friday during the summer.
Two key summer partnerships are with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and the Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC). The Food Bank recruits housing authority residents to serve as supervisors for the meal service and to distribute BackPacks on Friday at each of the Housing Authority sites.
The Food Bank is hiring a Child Hunger Fellow to support the summer meal programming in three key ways: (1) coordinate and implement the Food Bank’s innovative partnership with local Housing Authorities; (2) conduct outreach at Housing Authority properties to increase participation in the SFSP and (3) support the use of meal reporting technology at SFSP sites.
The Child Hunger Fellow’s responsibilities will include:
- Recruit, screen, hire, and train Housing Authority residents to act as Site Supervisors at the Housing Authority sites
- Provide ongoing support to Housing Authority Site Supervisors for the duration of the program
- Conduct SFSP site reviews as scheduled to ensure site compliance
- Provide technical assistance to sites on the electronic meal reporting tool
- Collaborate with the Child Hunger Strategy Team to determine outreach strategies and to target outreach areas
- Design and implement survey to gather information surrounding community health, child hunger, and/or nutrition topic of mutual interest to Child Hunger Fellow and the Child Hunger Strategy Team
- Conduct data entry and basic data analysis to summarize findings gathered from surveys
- Present key findings of survey to Child Hunger Strategy Team and Programs Department in the form of written summary and PowerPoint presentation
- Support implementation of BackPack Program at select sites
- Work with the Food Bank and other community partners to promote SFSP and the BackPack Program and to gather feedback from sites and participating families
- Collaborate with the Child Hunger Strategy Team to analyze and document the outcomes of the Food Bank’s summer programming
- Provide support to program operations and other capacity-building projects as assigned
- Plan and coordinate an end-of-program event for the Housing Authority Site Supervisors and Housing Authority staff
By enhancing the Food Bank’s capacity to implement and support SFSP and the BackPack Program, the Child Hunger Fellow will play a critical role in increasing the number of children served through the program. The Fellowship runs from April 1 through August 31, 2020, with part-time option for April and May. The successful candidate and the Food Bank will agree upon a work schedule that suits the Hunger Fellow’s school schedule, as applicable. This fellowship includes a stipend of up to $6,000 contingent upon the final work schedule.
- Must be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate program, or have a Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of work experience in non-profit program coordination
- Interest in issues related to child hunger and nutrition Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work cooperatively with a diverse group of clients and volunteers
- Organized, detail-oriented, and flexible
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong Microsoft Excel skills
- Spanish language skills preferred but not required
- Experience working in local community preferred but not required
The candidate selected for this position will undergo a criminal background check prior to receiving an official fellowship offer. The Food Bank will not consider persons needing to complete court-ordered community service hours for this fellowship.
How to Apply: Go to www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/about-us/careers/child-hunger-fellow and click the ‘Apply Now’ button at the bottom of the page. Complete the pre-screening questionnaire. Then email your resume and cover letter with "Child Hunger Fellow" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.