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Position: Community Food Distribution Programmer
Organization: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society
Location: Vancouver, BC

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (LMNH) is currently seeking a responsive and efficient Community Food Distribution Programmer to support the Central Vancouver Transitory Emergency Food Distribution Program at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.

Little Mountain (Riley Park and Sunset) are Vancouver neighbourhoods with sparse food assets. Healthy food access, food security, and food affordability is an ongoing issue in these neighbourhoods and has increased because of COVID19. In order to respond to community needs, LMNH is providing emergency food support – through food bank sourced and grocery gift card distribution, and a Veggie Bag sourced from local gardens, urban farmers and farmers market vendors - with a weekly food distribution program.

As the Food Programmer, you will be responsible for logistics and planning, purchase of fresh produce, storage of food, packaging and distribution of food boxes, scheduling and deliveries, outreach, data collection, weekly reporting, and wellness checks.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work under the guidance and direction of the Manager Family and Community Programs and the Community Engagement Coordinator to coordinate emergency food distribution in Central Vancouver and Sunset.
  • Create a plan to purchase fresh produce to compliment nutritional content of food boxes with Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
  • Support the coordination and delivery of weekly food boxes and prepared meals to vulnerable families in Central Vancouver and Sunset.
  • Maintain communication with Greater Vancouver Food Bank, East West Market, Vancouver Soup Company, and other suppliers for weekly food box distribution and prepared meals.
  • Liaise with LMNH staff/volunteers to lead the coordination and delivery of weekly food boxes and prepared meals to vulnerable families in Central Vancouver and Sunset.
  • Outreach with current and new community members who are accessing emergency food support to build connections and support information and referrals. Members who do not live in our geographic area will be referred to other available services within the Vancouver Food Network.
  • Collect and maintain program participant and weekly analysis reporting data for United Way ECSF. Identify gaps and trends for funder.
  • Support on-going wellness checks for community members.
  • Support communications initiatives including Riley Park Community Garden website and LMNH social media platforms.
  • Actively engage with community members, and community organizations to promote LMNH programs, services and events. Maintain existing and develop new partnerships.
  • This role requires both in-office and remote working hours during COVID19
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum 2 year of work experience in community development or food security programming.
  • Detailed oriented and good organizational skills
  • Education in community development, sustainable food systems or related field of study.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and practice sound decision-making.
  • Experience working in a diverse and multicultural community.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to recognize opportunity and grow it.
  • Valid Driver's License with capacity to drive the Neighbourhood House van
  • Clear criminal record search upon hire. Posting open until position filled.

To Apply:

LMNH invites applications from underrepresented communities, including communities of colour, Indigenous communities, and LGBTQ2S communities.
Please email a cover letter and resume to: Maria Valenzuela Manager of Family and Community Programs

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 30 2021    ID: 61197