Child Nutrition Summer Intern - Summer and Afterschool Meals Team
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is seeking a summer intern to work with FRAC's summer and afterschool meals expansion team. The intern will work with members of the team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and child advocates, school districts, and community-based organizations to expand summer and afterschool meals participation, and will provide research support on emerging issues affecting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Afterschool Meal Program offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, technical assistance and training, and an array of communications strategies. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause.
This position will focus on using strategies that have been proven to increase afterschool and summer nutrition program participation, with a focus on outreach and providing technical support to cities, schools, nonprofits, anti-hunger organizations, and other key stakeholders in order to drive participation growth.
Skills and Qualifications
- Very strong writing and research skills; experience in conducting outreach preferred.
- Experience and/or demonstrated interest in child health, poverty, and/or nutrition-related issues.
- Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
- Knowledge of SFSP, the CACFP Afterschool Meal Program and other government programs for low-income children preferred.
- Commitment to working for social justice.
- Experience working with schools, public agencies, and nonprofits a plus.
Responsibilities and Potential Projects
- Assist with the development and updating of program guides and publications.
- Assist in the collection of data and surveys for annual program status reports.
- Research and compile best practice models from local advocates, sponsors, and providers of summer and afterschool meals.
- Track national, state, and local summer and afterschool meals expansion efforts.
- Compile resources and announcements for monthly newsletter informing summer and afterschool key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the Summer Food Service Program and the Afterschool Meal Program.
- Assist in organizing and planning monthly webinars and conference calls for national partner organizations and for afterschool and summer meal administrators, sponsors and advocates.
- Assist in the administration of grants provided to targeted cities and anti-hunger groups to implement the summer and afterschool nutrition programs locally, tracking and reporting progress relative to scheduled outcomes.
This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course / program requirements. FRAC will reimburse commuting costs for mileage or public transportation up to $500.00. Summer interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week.
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, however the ideal candidate will be available for a 10 week summer internship.