*It is NOT required to be a student or affiliated with UMB to apply for this internship.*
The Campus Kitchen at the University of Massachusetts Boston (CKUMB) is one of 33 locations nationwide of The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP). CKP is a national leader in community service for students and is the future of hunger relief. CKP is empowering the next generation of leaders to implement innovative models for combating hunger, developing food systems, and helping communities help themselves.
CKUMB has launched an outreach initiative which aims to improve the food security of people age 50+ by providing the tools and knowledge necessary to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps). Nearly 9 million seniors and over 16 million children in the U.S. are struggling with hunger. Yet, due to myths, stigmas, and barriers surrounding SNAP, 3 in 10 eligible people are not receiving the benefits that could help them get enough to eat each month. Among seniors, nearly 2 out of 3 eligible older adults are not receiving SNAP. By helping people understand the purpose, process, and benefits of SNAP, we can make a difference in the long-term food security and stability of local families.
Our target populations will include low-income senior citizens and grandparents of children who participate in CKUMB meal or education services. Outreach sessions will involve giving short presentations on various health topics and the SNAP program; developing a relationship with potential clients through meal service and interaction; and performing eligibility screenings and application assistance. Training will be provided.
CKUMB is seeking a committed, compassionate leader with an understanding of food justice issues and the capacity to develop the program into a successful model for SNAP outreach.
- Collaborate with the Campus Kitchen Coordinator to expand and improve the existing SNAP Outreach Program for continued and increased engagement.
- Recruit volunteers to assist in outreach, partnership development, and application assistance.
- Assist in training volunteers who participate in the program.
- Lead all sessions, with the assistance of volunteers and/or the Coordinator.
- Assist in evaluation efforts to determine the efficacy of the program.
Stipend: $1,000 total for full commitment of 250 hours (May-August).
- Must be available to start May 1 and must be able to commit to leading the program through August 31. (*Please see note below*).
- Informed and concerned about issues of poverty, hunger, food security, and food justice.
- Dedicated to promoting the long-term food security and self-sufficiency of low-income populations in Boston.
- Experience working with senior citizens, conducting SNAP outreach, or developing collaborative community partnerships is preferred.
- Capable of taking initiative, working independently, and being flexible and creative in the development and implementation of the program.
- Able to lead a team of volunteers, give presentations and facilitate discussions.
- Empathetic, compassionate and respectful toward people living in low-income situations and struggling to make ends meet.
NB: Flexibility in the start and end date for this fellowship may be considered upon further discussion. Additionally, this fellowship and its stipend can be stretched across a longer period of time, resulting in fewer hours per week required, for the right candidate. The hours required and stipend rewarded, however, will remain the same. Please do not hesitate to apply if your schedule is a decisive factor that is hindering your ability to apply. We are willing to discuss options for the right candidate.
To obtain an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Application Request”. Complete a fellowship application and submit with your resume and cover letter to Liz Moniz, Campus Kitchen Coordinator by Monday, April 29, 2013.
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