Currently in Cook County, one in five children are food insecure, not knowing when or from where their next meal will come from. Hunger amongst children has lasting effects- increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches, and colds. 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 and summer programs to provide nutritious food year-round to approximately 250,000 children in Cook County through the Summer Food Service Food Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Summer is a difficult time for our families and children. During this time, feeding children in our community becomes especially important, because those receiving free and reduced-price school meals lose an important source of food. Our Children’s Program Assistant (temporary) will provide administrative, technical and outreach support for the summer meals program to help ensure children throughout Cook County have access to nutritious meals while school is not in session.
Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
- Conducts compliance visits to ensure all program sites are in good standing with the Food Depository, ISBE and USDA’s food service standards.
- Provides administrative and general assistance to Children’s Program Coordinator.
- Provides technical assistance and training for program sites to support overall program growth and development.
- Works to promote summer meals through community outreach efforts.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.