In Cook County, youth are among the most vulnerable to food insecurity. 1 in 6 children in Cook County do not know when or from where their next meal will come. Hunger amongst children has long-lasting effects—increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches, and colds, and the number of children in Illinois who qualify for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program has been on the rise. In response to the need, the Food Depository collaborates with area schools, after-school programs and summer programs to provide food for children.
Duties & responsibilities:
Four full-time AmeriCorps will work alongside the Programs Team to plan and execute programming targeting youth who face food insecurity. The Food Depository currently serves youth through the Healthy Student Market school-based pantry program, after-school programs, and the Lunch Bus summer feeding initiative. Hunger Action Corps members serving in this capacity will play a critical role in the development of programs aimed at alleviating hunger among children in Cook County, and providing additional resources for those in our community most vulnerable to hunger.
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.