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Hunger Free New York City

Bilingual Benefits Specialist

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.

A significant aspect of HFNYC’s work is to connect eligible residents to SNAP / food stamp benefits and to assist them during the application process. The receipt of SNAP for those eligible individuals and families contributes to improved nutrition and reduces the financial strain of trying to pay for other household expenses on a limited budget.  Over 1.7 million New Yorkers are now in receipt of SNAP benefits.  However, hundreds of thousands more are eligible for but not receiving SNAP.

Job Description:

The primary responsibility of the Benefits Specialist is to provide SNAP / food stamps eligibility screenings and application assistance from several community-based host locations spread throughout NYC.  The Specialist will also attend community events to perform outreach and screenings, and to conduct presentations on SNAP and other nutrition benefits. All work must be entered into a database in order to track client progress, and the Specialist will be required to meet monthly & quarterly targets.

The Specialist will conduct follow-up to ensure that applicants receive the correct amount of monthly benefits in a timely manner, and help to resolve cases in which this has not occurred.

HFNYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills:

*ONLY BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (especially Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Bengali) will be considered for this position. 

Experience in: anti-hunger/nutrition; benefits screening (esp. for SNAP / food stamps); working in NYC low-income communities.  High-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger.  Comfort working in diverse neighborhoods and with diverse people.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, although people with significant, relevant, work experience will be considered.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for this position is $38,000.  Benefits include a strong health insurance / dental plan.  The employee will also have opportunities for training and professional development.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@hungerfreenyc.org

Be sure to include Benefits Specialist in the subject line. Applicants sending resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Or fax to: 646.459.4378 – include Benefits Specialist in subject line.


Communications and National Strategic Outreach Internship with Hunger Free America

Background

Hunger Free America is a national nonprofit group building a nonpartisan, grass-roots membership movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

Our long term goal is not just to ameliorate the problem, but to build the people’s movement necessary to enact the economic and public policies needed to end hunger entirely. Given that hunger drains our economy and tears at our moral and civic fabric, we know that eliminating it will boost the nation both economically and spiritually. Towards that end, we’ve adopted the motto: “Ending hunger lifts us all.”

We seek to decrease U.S. hunger by building a bold, media-savvy, grass-roots membership movement in all 50 states with the power to overhaul the national conversation and political decision-making on food, nutrition, agriculture, and poverty.

The Nation has written that Hunger Free America has grown into "one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation."

Hunger Free America is looking to immediately fill its part-time communications internship position which is based in New York City and reports directly to the communications coordinator Magen Allen. This position is unpaid.

Responsibilities

Working closely with, and reporting directly to, Hunger Free America’s Communications Director.  Duties for this position include:

  • Enacting national strategic outreach campaign.
  • Writing and sending individualized press releases
  • Building and organizing national media lists
  • Following up with media through cold-calling
  • Orchestrating and managing a national media campaign
  • Assisting in the development of social media strategies
  • Writing, developing, and posting social media posts
  • General assistance for the communications department
  • Videography, photography, or developing graphics would be a plus

Desired Skills and Experience

Hunger Free America will be looking for an individual with:

  • A demonstrated commitment to, and passion about, Hunger Free America’s mission to end hunger nationwide.
  • A working knowledge of key issues related to hunger, poverty, and the nonprofit sector.
  • An outgoing, engaging personality.
  • Written and verbal communications skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Stellar organizational multi-tasking skills and an ability to meet tight deadlines.  
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Capable of forward thinking and strategizing how to maximize project impact.

Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

This internship will offer the individual:

  • Professional development that would contribute to careers in communications, anti-hunger organizations, and general non-profit working environments.
  • Experience with strategic planning and outreach.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a national outreach and media campaign.
  • Professional social media experience.

To apply please email your resume and a cover letter to Magen Allen at MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org with the subject line: Communications Internship


National Service Opportunities

About the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:

The national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program (AHOC), an initiative of Hunger Free America since 2010, is one of the largest anti-hunger AmeriCorps VISTA projects in the country. Its main focus is to fight hunger and improve nutrition, primarily by breaking down barriers to accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) as well as by expanding economic opportunity and ensuring healthy futures for all Americans, mostly through the SNAP Employment and Training program.

Position Description:

Healthy Acadia and Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance, in partnership with Hunger Free America, are seeking a full-time VISTA member to…

  • Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers to conduct screening and application assistance for SNAP, Senior Farm Share, and other federal nutrition programs.
  • Support increased participation in school meals, including breakfast, lunch, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program, Afterschool Snacks, Summer Meals, and universal free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision.
  • Improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of the availability of utilization of benefits at farmers’ markets and provide nutrition education information and opportunities for low-income members.
  • Improve access to healthy foods at food security organizations by creating and supporting self-sustaining gleaning systems and organizing local food drives.

Time Commitment:

This is a one year, full-time position beginning late August 2017. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here.

Program Benefits:

  • $472.22 Living allowance, paid biweekly
  • Segal Education Award ($5,815) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
  • Health benefits
  • Housing or alternative assistance of up to $400
  • Training support up to $500
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Optional life insurance
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

How to Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and references in a single document to Katie Freedman: katie@healthyacadia.org. Please indicate whether you are interested in serving in Hancock or Washington County, or both.