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AmeriCorps Nutritional Education Specialist Position
The goal of the Durham Community Food Pantry (DCFP) is to fill the 1.5 million-pound food shortage in Durham and Orange counties by distributing a week’s worth of groceries to families in those communities once every 30 days. Thanks to the excellence of our last two Americorps members thousands in the community have been helped each month. DCFP is a large-scale food pantry who is currently open for 3 weekly distributions and a monthly mobile pantry. Families receive a nutritionist-designed box of groceries containing pantry staples such as canned vegetables, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, peanut butter, etc. In addition to these shelf stable items, families receive perishable items including fresh produce, bakery items, frozen meat, dairy items, deli items, etc. DCFP is able to distribute large packages of food because of its storage and operations space and the use of an off-site warehouse. The 7,500 square foot facility contains a walk-in cooler and freezer to store pallets of refrigerated and frozen items, as well as a 2,500 square foot warehouse to hold approximately 40 pallets of shelf-stable food items. DCFP sources food by working with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and local farms and gardens to reclaim perishable food items from the retail market to distribute to families. It also hosts food drives at local churches, schools, and businesses and purchases staple items from wholesalers. In addition to increasing the amount of food in the community, The Durham Community Food Pantry seeks to increase knowledge surrounding food and healthy eating habits. The AmeriCorps member will be a visible and vital member of the DCFP team, offering enhanced services to food pantry clients.
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Member Duties : The AmeriCorps member will use the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Life education program designed to change behaviors regarding food and nutrition. No specialization in nutrition or a college degree is necessary. The member will assist with volunteer coordination, pantry operations, and other tasks. Due to COVID restrictions, the nutrition goals and outcomes of the position will be achieved using a combination of social media, website, and other virtual tools. The pantry currently uses a curbside distribution model. The AmeriCorps member will demonstrate cooking techniques virtually and prepare delicious and healthy food with the help of volunteers, enabling clients to acquire new skills to prepare more nutritious meals. The member will provide healthy, culturally competent recipes to clients, as well as increase their knowledge in shopping for healthy foods. The member will conduct outreach to the community to raise awareness as well as seeking out new partners.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage . 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Education . 
Skills :
Environment ,  Social Services ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Education ,  Nutrition Background ,  General Skills ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Community Organization . 
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AmeriCorps Nutritional Education Specialist Position

Program Start/End Date
06/06/2022  -   06/05/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  None    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NORTH CAROLINA  


Accepting Applications
From  02/22/2022  To  06/30/2022 

Contact David Juarez
2020 Chapel Hill Rd
Durham   NC   27707

Listing ID 109921