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20 Jan 2021

Part-Time Food Programs Assistant

AssociateDirector – Posted by AssociateDirector Mound, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Job Title: Food Programs Assistant

Type: Non-exempt hourly

Hours: 10 hours per week

Monday- Thursday 1:00-3:30 pm

Compensation: $15 per hour

Reports to: Food Programs Manager


· If a holidays falls on a regularly scheduled work day you will be paid for the time scheduled.

· Unpaid time off available upon request, with prior supervisor approval.

Organization Summary:

WeCAN is a community nonprofit that provides support services empowering individuals and families to reach stability and self-sufficiency. The clients that WeCAN serves are at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. In our service area of western Hennepin County, made up of 12 cities, we are the only comprehensive social service provider. Our service offerings provide clients a holistic approach to address the many layers associated with poverty and homelessness. Please visit our website at for more information.

Program Summary:

The WeCAN Mobile Market provides fresh, healthy food to those that cannot otherwise access a traditional food shelf. The program also provides kid-friendly food bags to families during school-break times.

The WeCAN Meals on Wheels program provides hot noontime meals and a well-check delivered to seniors and adults with disabilities by community volunteers.

The focus of these programs is on seniors, individuals experiencing low income and those with disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Position Summary:

Responsible for leading WeCAN Mobile Market Program deliveries in accordance with the plans, policies and procedures and in a manner that provides optimum service and quality to clients.

This role also supports WeCAN staff and office operations. During non-Mobile Market weeks other duties will be assigned to support food programs and office operations. This role has the potential to change on non-Mobile Market weeks due to program expansion and/or increased client volume.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Food Program Volunteers

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Mobile Market Deliveries- 60%

· Lead and work with volunteers to provide equitable services to Mobile Market clients.

· Assist with organizing and delivering food and personal care items.

· Report delivery issues, volunteer concerns, and client requests to the Food Programs Manager.

· Work with the Food Programs Manager to develop efficient delivery models to meet client needs.

· Distribute intake paperwork, reminders, and other important notices to clients.

Food Programs and Office Support- 40%

· Organize freezers, refrigerators, food pantry shelves, and storage room.

· Accept and put away donations and food deliveries in designated locations.

· Assist in tracking data of pounds of food that enter and exit WeCAN.

· Assist in training new food programs volunteers on policies and procedures.

· Assist in managing community garden produce donations.

· Must gain and maintain ServSafe certification and Food Manager Certification within six months of hire.

· Assist with program outreach and expansion efforts as necessary.

· Update the curbside delivery white boards with newly arrived food donations and recovery items.

· Pre-pack Mobile Market food bags, Kids Food Bags, Emergency Food Bags, pet food, and personal care items as needed.

· Deliver food, personal care items and Meals on Wheels meals to client homes as needed.

· Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of food storage area and code compliance with Hennepin County and ensure freshness of products on shelves, including taking out the garbage, recycling, and organics as needed.

· Check the dates of food on food shelves at least once monthly.

· Participate or attend community events as a representative of WeCAN.

· Monthly check-ins with the Food Programs Manager.

Other duties as assigned

Position Assessment:

· Clients are satisfied and receiving the support they need through the Mobile Market program.

· Volunteers are satisfied and receiving the support they need to complete their food program responsibilities.

· Through relationships with community partners, program feedback and trend data, services are adjusted to meet the needs of clients and the community.

Position Requirements:

· High School Diploma or GED.

· Have a valid driver’s license.

· Ability to maintain client, donor and volunteer confidentiality.

· Have a mission for social justice and human integrity.

· Be a person with high energy, proactive, innovative and an independent problem solver.

· Have the ability to lift 40 pounds regularly.

· Ability to work with low-income clients in a non-judgmental, helpful and respectful manner.

· Be comfortable providing feedback, support and training to volunteers.

· Strong computer skills with MS Office Suite, (Outlook, Word, Excel) and general Internet.

· Must adhere to all WeCAN COVID-19 related workplace policies and procedures.

· Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends.

· Experience working with volunteers a plus.

· Bilingual in Spanish or Russian a plus.

Physical Requirements:

· Ability to continuously sit, stand or walk.

· Ability to bend, squat, push, pull and lift often.

· Ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.

Work Environment:

The majority of work completed at WeCAN will be in an office environment and include regular interactions with clients receiving services, volunteers, donors and other community members. It is expected that each of these interactions is done so with the highest levels of professionalism and confidentiality as required in the parameters of those relationships. These interactions may occur in person, on the phone, via e-mail or through the use of social media.

· May occasionally work outside of the office within the community in places such as faith communities, restaurants, schools, community centers, and clients’ homes.

· Will be required to interact with community members and may require small amounts of public speaking, being photographed for media use as well as appropriate use of social media as a marketing tool.

· May include activities indoors as well as outdoors.

· May occasionally walk on slippery or uneven surfaces.

· May climb ladders.

· Will be required to drive as a condition of their employment. This aspect of the position includes driving the Mobile Market van or driving your own personal vehicle for work purposes.

How to Apply

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Sami Smetana (she/her), Associate Director, by January 27, 2021. Call WeCAN at 952-472-0742 with any questions. People of color and people from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Western Communities Action Network, Inc. (WeCAN) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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