Food Access and Outreach Intern
About Fresh Approach
The mission of Fresh Approach is to create long-term change in local food systems by connecting California communities with healthy food from California farmers and expanding knowledge about food and nutrition.
To achieve this mission, Fresh Approach works closely with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, California’s largest association of certified farmers’ markets, as well as schools, health clinics, and other community organizations throughout the Bay Area.
The Mobile Farmers’ Market program at Fresh Approach is a farmers’ market on wheels whose purpose is to increase access to fresh, locally-grown produce in the Bay Area. It sources produce directly from local farmers to sell at multiple sites throughout the day. Our goal is to serve food desert communities, where fresh quality produce is not easily accessible.
Working under the direction of the Volunteer Program Specialist, the Food Access Outreach Intern supports the on-site Sales Coordinator of the Mobile Farmers’ Market program. The intern is primarily responsible for customer-facing interactions at sales sites and outreach in the local community.
We are seeking two interns with availability during weekdays. Each intern will support one Mobile Farmers' Market route per week for the duration of the internship. Additional hours may occasionally be added for outreach on a second day. Interested applicants should apply for either the East Bay or South Bay position.
East Bay - Wednesdays in Richmond, CA
South Bay - Tuesdays at San Jose State University, CA
This position requires work outside in all weather conditions
This position requires the intern to interact with persons of various socio-economic backgrounds
This position requires the intern to be able to lift equipment in and out of a vehicle
This position may require working on the weekends, early mornings or late evenings
A stipend of $3,000
Interns have the opportunity to shadow employees involved in wide range of food systems work
Interns may receive school or community-service credit
Interns will receive an evaluation upon completion of the internship and may ask for letters of recommendation
Support the on-site Sales Coordinator for a weekly Mobile Farmers' Market market day.
Provide customer service at market sites by encouraging customers to try new products, helping them budget their produce money, identifying the farmers who grew the products, and providing information about cooking and health.
Accurately administer cash, credit, and EBT sales transactions to customers.
Cull produce throughout the day, take precise inventory of products, donate unsellable product, and track this data in database
Complete cleaning tasks as requested by the Sales Coordinator, including wipe-down of shelves, sweeping the floor, organizing stock, and properly storing products
Conduct outreach in the community
Support outreach efforts toward current and potential recipients of public benefits including WIC, CalFresh (SNAP or food stamps), SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, and the Senior Food Program
Deliver messages that encourage better choices about nutrition
Deliver messages that provide a greater understanding of sustainable agriculture and its role in supporting local food systems
Distribute promotional materials for PCFMA and Fresh Approach
Represent PCFMA and Fresh Approach to develop, build and sustain community-based partnerships
Demonstrated interest in community-based health, local food systems, Certified Farmers’ Markets or California agriculture highly preferred
Familiarity with the communities and organizations we serve
Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills
Experience with basic accounting, sales transactions and product merchandising, especially with produce
High level of comfort with technology, especially for learning mobile-based applications such as point of sale and database platforms
Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and social media platforms
Ability to complete tasks accurately, independently and in a timely manner
Willingness to show initiative and creativity
Spanish language skills highly desirable
Applications are due by Tuesday, April 30th.
The internship will begin in late May or earlier, depending on the Intern’s schedule, and last for 10-15 weeks.
Intern will commit 13-20 hours per week.
The timing/length of internship can be flexible depending on the intern’s availability or program requirements
To be considered for this position, send a resume and cover letter in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to email@example.com. Please indicate if you are interested in the East Bay or South Bay position.
If you are seeking the internship in order to fulfill a requirement for your degree program, please state that and include any specific requirements of your program in your cover letter (i.e. minimum number of hours required). Although this is listed as a part time internship, there may be some flexibility in order to help students meet requirements for their program.