Food insecurity and adverse health outcomes often go hand-in-hand. According to Feeding America’s Hunger In America 2014 study, the Food Depository learned that 60% of the households we serve include someone with high blood pressure, 35% include someone with diabetes, and 73% of clients knowingly purchase inexpensive, unhealthy food to make ends meet. In response to this need, the Food Depository aimed to create programming that builds a bridge between preventive health care, nutrition education, and quality food. In partnership with area hospitals, health centers and health systems, the Food Depository is working to implement a two question screening to identify patients as food insecure. Patients who screen positive receive referrals for SNAP benefit assistance, local food pantry referrals, and a voucher to access food and fresh produce in the clinical setting. One of these responses, the FRESH Truck, is part of an innovative partnership with community healthcare providers offering fresh produce for food insecure patients at community health centers throughout Cook County.
Duties & responsibilities:
Two half-time (18-24 hours per week) Hunger Action Corps members will work alongside the Food Depository’s Health & Nutrition Team to support food interventions in a healthcare setting, execute nutrition education programming at healthcare partner sites, and provide healthy food to those experiencing food insecurity. The AmeriCorps members will collaborate with a team of three AmeriCorps VISTAs to carry out healthcare center food distributions on the front lines.
Qualifications & competencies:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Hunger Action Corps members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the candidates will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.