Youth Program Assistant

Youth Program Assistant

Youth need nutritious food to grow, learn and thrive. When children and teens don't have to worry about food, they have the chance to achieve their dreams. Unfortunately, food insecurity among families with children is soaring as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. About 1 in 3 households with children are now reporting food insecurity, according to an analysis of the COVID-19 Impact study by Northwestern University economists. It's even worse for Black and Latino households with children, where 4 in 10 households are lacking sufficient food to eat. Hunger, especially when experienced in the early years, can have negative impacts on health, cognitive development, and educational attainment. Childhood hunger is still solvable, even during COVID-19.

The Food Depository partners with schools and community organizations all year to meet young people where they live, learn, and play and to ensure they have the healthy food they need and deserve. The Food Depository directly serves youth through more than 35 Healthy Student Market school-based food access program sites, more than 60 after-school meals (Child and Adult Care Food Program) program sites which distribute more than 370,000 meals annually and more than 250 summer meals (Summer Food Service Program) program sites which distribute more than 440,000 meals annually, including the Lunch Bus mobile summer feeding initiative. The Food Depository also partners with many local colleges and universities to ensure students of all ages are connected to nutritious food.

Our Youth Program Assistant (temporary) will provide administrative, technical, and outreach support for the summer meals program to help ensure children throughout Cook County have access to nutritious meals while school is not in session.

This position will go from May-August 2023

Opportunity type
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

· Conducts compliance visits to ensure all program sites are in good standing with the Food Depository, ISBE, and USDAs food service standards.
· Provides administrative and general assistance to Youth Program Coordinator.
· Provides technical assistance and training for program sites to support overall program growth and development.
· Works to promote summer meals through community outreach efforts.
· Other responsibilities as assigned.

Application qualifications

· Must have personal transportation with a valid license and insurance.
· Must be comfortable working with diverse populations in various Cook County neighborhoods.
· Strong organizational skills with a high level of proficiency in MS Office applications, required.
· A high level of verbal, and written communication, and presentation skills.
· Experience in providing outreach and direct services, preferred.
· Bilingual Spanish, preferred.
· Experience with federal child nutrition programs, preferred.
· The ability to work well with internal departments, varying types of personnel, agency members, partners, donors, clients, and the general public.


• Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage
• Employer-paid life and disability insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
• Generous paid time off
• Parental leave
• On-site gym
• $3,000 annual employer-paid ThrivePass lifestyle and wellness benefit program
• $250 employee referral bonus

About the organization

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, believes a healthy community starts with food. We are at the center of a network of more than 700 partner organizations and programs – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions, and other partners – working to bring food, dignity, and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County. The Food Depository addresses the root causes of hunger with job training, advocacy, and other innovative solutions.