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Cooking Matters AmeriCorps National Direct Member

Posted 2013-12-17
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New Hampshire Food Bank
700 East Industrial Park Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire

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Job (Full-Time)

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Job Description

Share Our Strengths Cooking Matters® empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home, as part of the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Cooking Matters serves families across the country through hands-on, six-week cooking courses; interactive grocery store tours; and mobile, online and educational tools. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

AmeriCorps programs provide opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service. The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs engages more than 80,000 Americans in projects around the nation each year.

The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, serves as the only food bank in the state, working to provide nutritious food and resources to the hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents that are food insecure. By joining our team as a member of our Recipe for Success programs, AmeriCorps members will assist our efforts with reaching outside food distribution and fighting the root causes of hunger by empowering people to learn new skills, enabling them to become more self-sufficient and improve their quality of life.

The Cooking Matters AmeriCorps member will work with New Hampshire Food Bank Cooking Matters staff to implement effective hands-on courses and tours teaching families at risk of hunger that healthy cooking can be delicious, enjoyable-and most important-affordable. Member responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to:
Program Coordination:
Work with chefs, nutrition educators and agency/site managers to implement courses and tours using Cooking Matters core curriculum and Cooking Matters at the Store curriculum.
Complete all preparations for class including, but not limited to, assembling and transporting equipment, materials, and groceries, and preparing volunteer staff.
Complete program evaluation and other program reporting documentation as necessary.
Participate in actively seeking out, working with, and maintaining positive relationships with agencies serving low-income clients to host Cooking Matters courses and tours.
Assist with the development of Cooking Matters outreach materials and handouts for Cooking Matters audience, as needed.

Volunteer Management and Training:
Provide volunteer instructors with training and materials needed to teach courses and tours and make sure they follow procedures and course guidelines.
Support and manage volunteer instructors during class to make sure they have all required materials and communicate key messages.
Provide timely and consistent communications with volunteers.
Identify and participate in opportunities to recruit volunteers. Build relationships with chefs, dietitians, nutritionists and other potential volunteers to maintain enough trained instructors to reach course goals.
Provide recognition of volunteers.
Help with special events such as volunteer appreciation/recognition events.

Work with supervisor to set personal goals and follow the work plan created for the AmeriCorps National Direct Member.
Ensure all necessary course reporting is in order in database and network resource center.
Complete additional reporting and communications contributions as required, which may include blog posts, newsletters, photographs, and volunteer and participant story gathering.
Submit timesheets in accordance with AmeriCorps and Share Our Strength guidelines.
Participate in national, state and other trainings as requested some may require travel out of state.
Maintain a high level of working knowledge related to hunger, nutrition standards, regulations, and trends.
Collaborate with other New Hampshire Food Bank departments, as necessary, to ensure high quality service to individuals within our network of agencies.

Cooking Matters AmeriCorps members are part of local and national Cooking Matters teams and take part in all associated training and activities. AmeriCorps members will receive orientation training from Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters staff as well as Lead Partner Cooking Matters staff. Members will be part of a peer network of AmeriCorps members from around the nation and be a part of regular training opportunities including monthly webinars and two in-person retreats.
Work is performed in a variety of office and kitchen settings inside and outside of the New Hampshire Food Bank. Member will use computer and phones extensively. Regularly lifts, moves and carries objects of up to 50 pounds, such as food and classroom supplies. Exposure to a variety of foods in residential, community, and industrial kitchens. In a class or tour setting, may stand and work at counters and stoves for extended periods of time. Frequently works outside normal working hours such as evenings and weekends, and will drive frequently due to work performed in the community.
At least 18 years of age
High school diploma, or GED
Interest in nutrition and/or culinary arts
Driver's license, good driving record, and access to a motor vehicle
Public speaking skills
Computer skills
Ability to balance a variety of tasks simultaneously
Volunteer management experience preferred
Experience working with youth and/or adults in formal and/or informal education programs
Enrollment contingent on successful passing of criminal background search (including a FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check).

Full-time member term: 1700 hours of service within a 12-month period. Position to start no later than April 1st, 2014.
The full-time member will receive a living allowance of $12,300, a basic health plan, training, child care (based on income eligibility), and an AmeriCorps education award of $5,550 upon successful completion of service.
For questions about Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters AmeriCorps National Direct program, contact:
Allison Forrer, National Volunteer Program Manager, at .

Submit cover letter, resume, and motivational statement explaining why you want to take part in Share Our Strengths Cooking Matters AmeriCorps program to:

Julie Hodgson, RD LD
Cooking Matters Program Coordinator
New Hampshire Food Bank
700 East Industrial Park Drive
Manchester, NH 03109
(603) 669-9725 ext. 133

Hours: Full-Time
Type: Job


Julie Hodgson, RD LD
603-669-9725 x. 133

Company Description

The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, serves as the only food bank in the state, working to provide nutritious food and resources to the hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents that are food insecure. The Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food annually to more than 400 partner agencies, including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, childrens programs, senior centers and more. In turn, these agencies provide hunger relief to those suffering from food insecurity throughout the state.

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