Since 1991, the Imperial Valley Food Bank has offered food to local families in need. We currently serve over 20,000 Imperial County residents per month. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization recognized by the IRS.
Current Job Opportunities:
We have an opening for a CalFresh Outreach Specialist! If interested, please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with "CalFresh Outreach" as the subject by Friday February 21. Please see job description below. Thanks!
CalFresh Outreach Specialist
Reports to: Director of Operations/CalFresh Manager
Length of job: Full-time, one year position
Hours: Daytime, Monday through Friday, occasional evening and weekend hours
The CalFresh Outreach Specialist will lead the Imperial Valley Food Bank’s efforts to increase community literacy of the CalFresh nutrition assistance program. This position will work with the CalFresh Manager to conduct CalFresh outreach and education activities while promoting a culture of healthy eating and motivating participants to take action and enroll. The CalFresh Outreach Specialist will travel throughout the Imperial County to deliver program content.
Responsible for managing a “one-stop” safety net program (“Kids Net” )for low-income families nutritional needs, which includes (1) CalFresh outreach and application assistance, (2) helping families with school aged children with free and reduced fee breakfast and lunch applications, and (3) sharing nutrition education information. These responsibilities also include creating and maintaining a strong partnership between the Imperial Valley Food Bank and other community organizations and agencies with a focus on schools, school districts, and county-wide education agencies in order to provide high quality outreach and assistance to families.
Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of program barriers, and policy issues related to CalFresh.
- Become fully knowledgeable in CalFresh and related California Department of Human Services processes and procedures in order to provide high-quality assistance with CalFresh applications
- Provide detailed explanations, both written and verbal, of benefits to people who may be eligible for CalFresh and staff at our partner agencies. This includes outreach to families, students, teachers, school administrators, and other related staff people. Outreach methods will include, but are not limited to, working on strategic campaigns with relevant organizations, table events, and public speaking. Outreach topics will include nutrition education, prescreening for program eligibility, scheduling application assistance appointments, and opportunities for direct assistance with CalFresh and School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
- Provide CalFresh application assistance; At these appointments, offer assistance with the School Breakfast and Lunch Program forms, as well as provide nutrition education information
- Recruit and train volunteers to do pre-screening for benefit eligibility; this will greatly expand the capacity and sustainability of the program
- Follow-up and communicate with potential applicants, volunteers, and partner agencies
- Utilize, seek out, and advance the technology available to screen and assist recipients efficiently
- Collect data and as assigned, develop and implement systems and materials necessary for the tracking of program efforts, processes, and outcomes.
- Work with other staff on advocacy efforts to improve CalFresh, School Breakfast and Lunch and other state/federal programs that address food insecurity
- Identify barriers that prevent applicants of CalFresh and School Breakfast and Lunch from fully utilizing the program benefits. Participate in on-going learning and training related to the CalFresh program and share these changes with the rest of the staff
Skills and Attributes:
- Customer Service—demonstrates the ability to respond with a high degree of urgency to the needs and request of others, internally and externally. Understand the impact of your work and attitudes on others. Have empathy and be able to work with diverse groups of people
- Maintain constructive relationships and demonstrate respect for everyone contacted
- Accurately provide and receive information in oral and written communications. Provide ideas, opinions, or information in an articulate, professional way
- Willingness and ability to adjust to changing conditions and priorities
- Ability to make decisions that resolve problems
- Be responsible for cost-efficient operations
- Contribute to a positive, action-oriented work environment
- Bachelor’s degree or 2 years of college in Human Services or knowledge of CalFresh and other government programs preferred
- Experience in public speaking and customer service
- Experience working with community based/nonprofit organizations helpful
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, work with diverse groups of individuals, and meet deadlines
- Ability to set own priorities and work independently
- Professional written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of social media helpful
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
- Valid CA driver license. Must have own transportation
- Ability to speak and write in Spanish and English
Physical Requirements and working conditions:
- Ability to work on a computer for long periods of time
- Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone
- Ability to lift and strength to carry materials weighing up to 20 lbs
- Ability to attend occasional weekend or evening meeting and events
- Ability to travel and drive
The Imperial Valley Food Bank (IVFB) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of IVFB to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, mental disability, medical condition, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation.
We are proud to announce that Congressman Juan Vargas (D-51) has selected our Executive Director, Sara Griffen, as this year’s “Woman of the Year.” Congressman Vargas presented the award to Griffen in early March at the California Mid-winter Fair & Fiesta. The award is given annually as a way to acknowledge an extraordinary woman in the Imperial Valley community in honor of Women’s history month.
Griffen was lauded by the Congressman for her work to fight hunger in Imperial Valley and beyond. As Executive Director of the IVFB, Griffen oversees the organization’s mission of feeding the more than 31 percent of Imperial County residents who are impacted by hunger. Today, IVFB serves more than 20,000 people a month, representing 5,000 households or 12 percent of the county’s residents.
Since joining the organization in 2010, Griffen has expanded IVFB’s Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of food to children in 35 rural and city-center schools. Through a Feeding America/Wal-Mart Foundation grant, Griffen was able to begin a Mobile Food Bank that serves quality food to residents in remote areas such as Niland, Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, Ocotillo, and Winterhaven. Griffen continues to elevate awareness of programs like CalFresh and strives to expand IVFB’s ability to fight hunger throughout Imperial Valley.
Griffen was also an integral part of formalizing a unique partnership with Feeding America San Diego in 2011. Through this partnership, IVFB is able to order, receive, and distribute produce and resources through the Feeding America network. This partnership helps FASD bring more fresh produce from Imperial County into San Diego County and helps both organizations leverage resources, increase efficiency through shared transportation, and provide more food to those in need in San Diego and Imperial counties.
“It gives me great pleasure to honor Sara Griffen for her tremendous accomplishments,” said Congressman Vargas. “I have had the privilege of working alongside Sara for the past several years and it is hard to imagine a more dedicated and compassionate individual. Her tireless efforts to combat the heartbreaking tragedy of hunger plaguing the Imperial Valley are truly exceptional. I look forward to continue working with her towards a future where no man, woman, or child goes hungry.”