Food Forward's mission is to rescue fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
The Farmers Market Recovery Program (FMR) is an innovative program that gleans the unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to hunger relief agencies around Los Angeles. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward's mission, as it addresses the problems of food waste that are often present at farmers markets while combating urban hunger and food access injustices. The FMR program currently has weekly volunteer events at 19 markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
The Program Coordinator will report to the FMR Manager and will play an important role in organizing and deepening the program. Weekly responsibilities of the Program Coordinator include coordinating and retaining volunteers; maintaining program logistics; data collection, and; reporting program information to the FMR Manager. Long-term projects will include assisting in the launch of new market gleaning programs, engaging with program stakeholders, and supporting volunteer and vendor appreciation efforts. The Program Coordinator will have the opportunity to offer new ideas and techniques to improve the program.
Most work would be completed Monday through Friday. At least two weekend workdays are required per month to accommodate the weekend markets. Weekend work would consist of volunteer and logistics support and in-the-field market visits for quality control and restocking of equipment. This position is temporary to accommodate program staff maternity leave.
Wage: $13.00 - $16.00 / Hr Depending on Experience
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