Job Details

Food Bank Name City Harvest
New York, NY
Post Date August 22, 2016
Job Title AmeriCorps Cooking Matters
Description AmeriCorps Cooking Matters position available through the Feeding America network. Learn how you can help end hunger in America.
Opportunity Type Internship
Job Responsibilities

•As part of the City Harvest Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, coordinate and oversee the implementation of Cooking Matters cooking and nutrition education courses in the South Bronx and Washington Heights. Responsibilities include weekly communications with volunteers and site coordinators regarding lesson plans, technical support and facilitation of cooking and nutrition activities in classes.
•Support Cooking Matters at the Store supermarket tours by assisting with coordinating event days, ordering and repacking materials and leading tours.
•Oversee and manage all tasks related to the Cooking Matters course and tour database including completing and maintaining all reports, and entering pre and post data for all Cooking Matters courses and Cooking Matters at the Store tours into the Cooking Matters database and City Harvest tracking spreadsheets.
•Oversee and manage Cooking Matters course materials for all host sites. Review at least twice monthly program updates on the Cooking Matters section of the Share Our Strength website and disseminate important updates to the Nutrition Education team.
•With the assistance of the Cooking Matters coordinator and Cooking Matters National, develop innovative recommendations for enhanced Cooking Matters courses, i.e. improved participation, graduation and retention rates.
•Assist volunteer services in the training of Nutrition Education volunteers who will lead Cooking Matters courses and Cooking Matters at the Store tours. This could include leading volunteer trainings and skill builders at least once a month.
•Attend all AmeriCorps training and complete all service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days. Complete and submit all necessary AmeriCorps paperwork and reports.
•Research, write and edit four quarterly Cooking Matters newsletters.

Application Qualifications

•Background in nutrition or public health preferred
•Experience managing projects involving multiple people and many moving parts
•Good communication skills and ability to work with diverse constituencies •Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
•Detail oriented in execution
•Good public speaking skills (Spanish speaking a plus)
•Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a team environment and with a wide variety of people living in diverse communities
•Travel throughout the five boroughs of New York City
•Ability to travel to at least one out of state Share Our Strength conference
•Understanding of and commitment to the mission of promoting health in underserved New York City communities
•A high degree of personal initiative and ability to work independently
•Enrollment contingent on successful passing of criminal background search (including FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check)


•Childcare assistance if eligible
•Education award upon successful completion of service
•Health coverage
•Living allowance
•Monthly 30 day MTA Metrocard

Deadline September 15, 2016
How to Apply

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter via the link below, stating why you want to take part in Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters AmeriCorps program and why you are interested in the Cooking Matters AmeriCorps position at City Harvest, Inc.

About the Organization

City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. City Harvest takes a long-term approach to hunger relief through its Healthy Neighborhoods initiative. In communities with elevated rates of food insecurity, poverty and diet-related illnesses, City Harvest has developed programs and partnerships to increase the availability of affordable, fresh produce and inspire healthy, budget-conscious meal choices through nutrition education. To learn more about food rescue, hunger relief and Healthy Neighborhoods in New York City, visit

Additional Information

FULL-TIME AMERICORPS MEMBERS: Member commits to 1700 hours of service within a 12-month period. The full-time member will receive a living allowance of $12,530, a basic health plan, training, child care (based on income eligibility and need), and an AmeriCorps education award of $5,775 upon successful completion of service.

City Harvest, a non-profit food rescue organization seeks full-time AmeriCorps member with strong communication and organizational skills to join an upbeat Nutrition Education Department.  Recent graduates welcome, with a background or strong interest in the culinary arts and/or nutrition a plus.  In addition, the ideal candidate is detail-oriented, able and willing to handle heavy administrative tasks and able to complete projects within deadlines without direct supervision. You should also have experience interacting with diverse populations and be willing to work some evenings and Saturdays.  You will report to the Manager of Nutrition Education/Cooking Matters Coordinator and your primary responsibility will be coordinating and overseeing Cooking Matters nutrition education programming primarily in The Bronx and Washington Heights.  Additional projects will include data management, course monitoring within the boroughs of The Bronx and Washington Heights, and assisting with the planning and execution of Cooking Matters at the Store event days.

Cooking Matters AmeriCorps members are part of the local and national Cooking Matters team and take part in all associated training and activities. AmeriCorps members will receive orientation from Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters national staff as well as locally, from the CITY HARVEST, INC. 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.


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