Within the Food Depository’s service area of Cook County, 10.7 percent of individuals in the labor force are unemployed, and nearly 900,000 individuals live in poverty. The Food Depository recognizes that often, hunger and poverty are intertwined, and that unemployment is an indicator of food insecurity. The Food Depository’s Chicago’s Community Kitchens (CCK) program is a free, 14-week workforce development program that teaches students the culinary arts, as well as job readiness skills that are essential for those seeking employment. CCK targets unemployed and underemployed men and women in Cook County, and gives them the assistance necessary to succeed in the food service field.
Duties & responsibilities:
Two full-time AmeriCorps members will support the Chicago’s Community Kitchens program to enhance student recruitment strategies and engage more students in the program. The members will develop and implement new procedures to reach those interested in the CCK program, and enrich life skills development opportunities for students after enrollment. These members will bolster the student support network by creating an updated network of resources students can access while in the program and after graduation to increase their opportunity for success.
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.