The Food Security Intern reports directly to the New Roots Program Coordinator and supports efforts under the IRC’s New Roots program. New Roots focuses on bringing refugees together to build connections with their new homes through nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and community gardening. The Food Security Intern will work alongside the New Roots and Social Adjustment teams to promote a Food Secure Resettlement (FSR) strategy within the IRC office. The FSR strategy is an attempt to provide resources to clients around healthy eating and food access. The New Roots intern will also support adult education initiatives around healthy cooking demonstrations, grocery store navigation, emergency food distribution and community gardening.
- Assist with the development and promotion of a Food Secure Resettlement (FSR) strategy within the Atlanta IRC office by working with the Resettlement department and New Roots program, including research of funding opportunities.
- Develop a FSR database that can track food security indicators (such as client housing proximity to fresh produce outlets, diet-related illness, etc.).
- Implement a strategy for assisting clients that have been identified as food insecure.
- Support adult educational programs and workshops within New Roots, including lessons on nutrition, food access, and healthy eating.
- Interest or experience in food security, either through research and/or local programs.
- Strong interest in working with international clients and excellent spoken and written communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and take initiative.
- Proven ability to work with consideration and respect for cross-cultural differences.
- A clean driving record and reliable vehicle.
- Basic experience in gardening and ability to lift up to 50 pounds strongly preferred.
- Interns must be able to work at least 15 hours a week.
- Internship is from January to April/May.
- Some weekend and/or evening hours will be required.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
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