*It is NOT required to be a student or affiliated with UMB to apply for this internship.*
The Campus Kitchen at University of Massachusetts Boston (CKUMB) is a part of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national network of student volunteers that works to rescue excess food to create meals for those in need. CKUMB opened in 2010 to provide meals for the Dorchester neighborhood.
By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. CKUMB goes beyond providing meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events. 2013 brings a focus on holistic health for all ages; from wellness workshops and SNAP outreach for Seniors to cooking classes for youth.
CKUMB provides over 200 meals weekly to 6 client agencies in their community and an additional 4,000 summer meals to youth who normally receive free and reduced school lunches.
In 2013, 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. This internship will involve guiding the operations of meal production and delivery associated with this outreach program in addition to assisting in the outreach and expansion of the program. Training will be provided.
CKUMB is seeking a committed, compassionate leader with an understanding of food justice issues and the capacity to help develop the program into a successful model for SNAP outreach.
- Collaborate with the Campus Kitchen Coordinator and the SNAP Outreach Fellow to facilitate, expand and improve the existing SNAP Outreach Program.
- Guide, train, and lead volunteers to in outreach, operations, and application assistance and submission.
- Facilitate and assist at all sessions, with the assistance of volunteers and guidance from the Fellow and/or Coordinator.
- Assist in evaluation efforts to determine the efficacy of the program.
- Assist in the operations of meal production and delivery of SNAP Program as needed. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred.
This internship is unpaid.
- Must be available to start May 1 and must be able to commit to the program through September 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.
- Able to reliably delivery meals to SNAP program sites, and heat/cool and serve meals as needed.
- Empathetic, compassionate and respectful toward people living in low-income situations and struggling to make ends meet.
- Able to commit 150 hours during the duration of the internship (5-10 hours per week, approximately).
NB: Flexibility in the start and end date for this internship may be considered upon further discussion. Additionally, this internship can be stretched across a longer period of time, resulting in fewer hours per week required, or can occur over a shorter period of time, resulting in more hours per week, for the right candidate. 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 email@example.com with the subject heading “Application Request”. Complete an internship application and submit with your resume and cover letter to Liz Moniz, Campus Kitchen Coordinator by Monday, April 29, 2013.