Alamosa, Colorado

Emergency Food Coordinator

La Puente Home Inc. -- Alamosa, Colorado

1 or 2 year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



​I. Purpose:

The Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley is comprised of 15 food banks located throughout the San Luis Valley. In the Alamosa Food Bank, the hub of the Food Bank Network, donations of perishable food are received on a regular basis (ranging from daily to weekly) from stores such as Wal-Mart, City Market, and Safeway. These donations, along with the generous support of other individuals and organizations, account for a large portion of the food distributed. This position will allow the food bank to handle more emergency food donations coming into the Food Bank, making sure that food is allocated out to families in need throughout the Food Bank Network. Without this position the Food Bank would not be able to provide families in crisis with needed food assistance.

II. Description of Duties:

The main purpose of the Emergency Food Coordinator is to manage the flow of food intake and outtake from the Food Bank. This entails providing families with food resources, assisting in harvesting programs, fundraising for food donations, overseeing volunteers, and being responsible for the general upkeep of the food bank. The Emergency Food Coordinator will also assist the 14 other food banks in the San Luis Valley to distribute food throughout the Valley. This position requires the ability to transport donation boxes and harvested produce.

III. Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing food intake
  • Transporting donations from local stores and food drives
  • Distributing food to families during special distributions: Commodities and Thanksgiving
  • Coordinating food drop offs, pick-ups for outlying food banks and food drives
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with food donors
  • Creating and implementing special events to raise awareness and materials for the Food Bank
  • Collaborating with Social Services and other community partners to coordinate the SNAP Outreach Program
  • Leading clients through the intake process and the food receiving process
  • Cooking samples to provide clients a taste of simple healthy recipes
  • Collaborating with volunteers in outlying food banks to help manage food intake and outtake
  • Coordinating work groups to participate during gleaning projects
  • Harvesting from the VEGI program to bring more produce into the Food Bank Network
  • Learning about family farms and the state of agriculture through research
  • Preserving the harvest to be distributed through the winter
  • Planning and implementing a self-identified community outreach project

IV. Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have Bachelor’s Degree or 6 months of relevant experience
  • Must have an expressed interest in food justice and nutrition education
  • Must be a quick learner
  • Must be able to transport 50 lb. boxes for several hours at a time
  • Must be sincere and compassionate
  • Must pass a driving record screening

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish speaking skills

V. Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands

  • Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds
  • Repetitive lifting
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Must be patient and compassionate
  • Conflict resolution skills a plus

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