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. This summer, the Food Bank will be producing all of the meals provided at SFSP sites in its commercial kitchen.
The Food Bank also operates a 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 act 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:
- Recruiting, screening, hiring, and training Housing Authority residents to act as Site Supervisors at the Housing Authority sites
- Providing ongoing support to Housing Authority Site Supervisors for the duration of the program
- Conducting SFSP site monitors as scheduled to ensure site compliance
- Providing technical assistance to sites on the electronic meal reporting tool
- Collaborating with the Child Hunger Strategy Team to determine outreach strategies and to target outreach areas
- Designing and implementing a 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
- Presenting key findings of the survey to the Child Hunger Strategy Team in the form of a written summary
- Supporting implementation of the Food Bank’s BackPack Program at select sites
- Working with the Food Bank and other community partners to promote SFSP and the BackPack Program and to gather feedback from sites and participating families
- Collaborating with the Child Hunger Strategy Team to analyze and document the outcomes of the Food Bank’s summer programming
- Providing support to program operations and other capacity-building projects as assigned
- Planning and coordinating 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, 2019 through August 31, 2019, 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 or community health research
- 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 the 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.