New Roots Farmers' Markets Intern
Salt Lake City (United States of America)
BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK:
The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City is a refugee resettlement agency providing two-year case management to refugees in Salt Lake County. The services are intended to smooth the path to self-sufficiency, through employment and engagement in the community. To support this goal, IRC SLC operates diverse programs to support refugees’ lives and livelihoods including New Roots in Salt Lake City (New Roots SLC), a multi-faceted food security and agriculture program founded in 2010, which offers refugees, many of whom come from agricultural backgrounds, opportunities to engage in community gardening and small scale farming opportunities to improve their physical, psychosocial, and financial wellbeing.
New Roots SLC operates three farmers markets, the Sunnyvale Farmers Market, and two farmers markets on Wednesdays, one in South Salt Lake and another in downtown Salt Lake City, which seeks to connect New Roots SLC farmers with community members and allow community members to access healthy, culturally-appropriate produce. To further the impacts of New Roots SLC food access programming, New Roots SLC runs emergency food assistance pantries at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and assists with distribution of meals to youth.
The New Roots SLC Farmers Market Intern will support New Roots’ food access initiates through the development and implementation of outreach and food assistance distribution efforts at three weekly farmer’s markets.
COMMITMENT: August 30th 2021 – December 17th 2021, 15-20 hours per week
Preference for an applicant with availability Wednesday afternoons, Thursday and/or Friday and Saturday
• Facilitate the ordering, pickup and delivery of emergency food assistance items while maintaining a positive relationship with suppliers, and work to increase the number of distributions made through the mobile emergency food pantry and summer meals program over those made in the previous year. Track all numbers and data to show the success of the food access initiatives at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and additional markets.
• Coordinate weekly pickup of donated produce and kids lunches from community partners including the Food Bank and Green Urban Lunchbox.
• Work with the Farmer Empowerment Coordinator to manage weekly farmers markets by directing volunteers at the Sunnyvale Food Pantry and benefits booth and assist with sales and benefits distribution at the Wednesday markets.
• Conduct outreach to refugee, new American, and low-income community members to inform on the food access resources available at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and other New Roots farmers markets
•Maintain food safety, hygiene, and social distancing protocols at farm and market sites.
1. The intern will gain professional experience in volunteer coordination and farmers’ market management
2. The intern will deepen understanding of food security programs in Utah.
3. The intern will gain experience with farm incubator programming and selling produce direct to consumer.