Food Sourcing Specialist

Food Sourcing Specialist

Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) is seeking a food sourcing specialist to join our distribution center team. Leading the food sourcing activities throughout GLFB’s seven-county service area, this position serves as the liaison for all food industry partners, including retail, manufacturers and agricultural. This role is responsible for the coordination of the retail store donation and food drive programs. Utilizing their customer service and food procurement skills, this individual will develop and implement food sourcing and procurement strategies aimed to enhance equitable food access and provide food assistance to neighbors in need. Candidate should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the willingness to take initiative and be innovative. An aptitude to learn new duties and new communication techniques is a must. A passion for our mission of feeding people who are in need is important for a fulfilling work life.

End date
Opportunity type
Warehouse / Supply Chain / Drivers
Job responsibilities

Food Sourcing
• Collaborates with internal departments to maximize donation opportunities; periodically work on purchasing projects with Inventory Manager
• Actively seek and implement new food sourcing opportunities and innovative market approaches
• Identify sources and improve access to culturally relevant foods for specific populations served
• Monitor nutritional content of food acquired to ensure wide range of diversity of food and nutrient quality
• Focus on expanding food sourcing operations in the GLFB’s northern counties, with a focus on building GLFB brand awareness

Relationship Cultivation
• Building relationships and sourcing donations from the regional food industry; identify innovative and unique methods for increasing donations from emerging source streams
• Maintain relationships with Feeding America and major donors; continue to strengthen relationships with store donation retailers through education of store personnel, attending store meetings and conducting store training sessions pertaining to all safe food standards as set by Feeding America, AIB and local, state and federal regulations
• Onboard new retail partners and assist with planning, logistics and building relationships relevant to these relationships
• Monitor and track information (using proprietary donor and inventory systems) on all food donors and leads on potential donors including donor recognition plan; use systems to develop food sourcing tactics to manage current donors, lapsed donors, and prospects turned donors
• Participate in food industry events including food shows, association meetings and network conferences

Planning and Coordination
• Coordinate food and fund drives including managing the logistics and materials
• Work with Agency Relations to ensure agencies participating in the direct store pick-ups are meeting program requirements, following food safety protocols and reporting in a timely manner
• Collaborate with Inventory and Agency Relations staff to review inventory product availability and determine appropriate offerings for partner agencies
• Serve as liaison between Inventory Department and Transportation/Operations Department to schedule retail and food-drive pickups, address transportation challenges and coordinate unique logistical requests
• Collaborate with Development team to ensure food sourcing grant requirements and reporting are met

Application qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• 3+ years results-driven sales experience, food industry background preferred, customer service or related experience
• Serv Safe Manager certified or successfully obtained within six months of hiring
• Intermediate computer skills in Excel, Word, Microsoft Teams, Outlook and Powerpoint
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong people skills; ability to interact with a diverse donor base
• Ability to work independently.
• Proactive, detail-oriented, organized and results-oriented
• Proven ability to problem solve, make good decisions and use sound judgment
• Willingness to work “off-hours” as requested by the customer and/or as needed to help fulfill the goals of GLFB
• Ability to lift 20+ pounds and be comfortable working in a range of indoor and outdoor environments and temperatures.
• Regional travel and professional dress will be required. Must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record
• Must be able to pass a criminal background check


GLFB offers a competitive compensation package, including medical/dental/vision insurance, 401k, vacation leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.

How to apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Rebecca Kline, human resources manager, at [email protected]. For additional information, please visit Position remains open until filled. EOE. No phone calls please.

About the organization

Founded in 1981, Greater Lansing Food Bank is a highly visible non-profit organization that provides food assistance to individuals and families in need in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Clare, Isabella and Gratiot counties. Food is distributed through an
extensive network of food pantries, shelters, community kitchens and mobile distributions throughout the seven-county service area. GLFB annually serves hundreds of thousands of people.

Greater Lansing Food Bank is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion,
sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status and other characteristics that make our employees unique.