VeggieRx Assistant - Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number: 
Windy City Harvest
Job Status: 
Reports to: 
VeggieRx Manager, Windy City Harvest
Windy City Harvest is looking for a program assistant to support operations at multiple VeggieRx distribution sites. VeggieRx is a produce subscription program for families receiving SNAP/LINK benefits. Windy City Harvest offers three VeggieRx programs in partnership with Lawndale Christian Health Center in North Lawndale, Partnership for Health Promotion at Loyola’s Maywood Medical Center and PCC Community Wellness in Austin. Each participant receives a free weekly produce box, Produce Perks (coupons to stretch their SNAP/LINK dollars at Windy City Harvest markets), and nutrition and cooking education sessions. The goal is to increase fresh produce access to low-income residents through VeggieRx box distributions and farm stand promotion and to provide nutrition education classes to the community. The VeggieRx assistant will support with all aspects of program delivery. This is a seasonal, part-time position, working Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 33 weeks.

Please refer to our website for details about Windy City Harvest programs:

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Support the distribution of more than 7,000 VeggieRx boxes to over 900 families receiving SNAP/LINK benefits
  • Promote and distribute Produce Perks, which families can redeem at Windy City Harvest Markets for up to 50 percent of their SNAP/LINK purchase
  • Support communication between Lawndale Christian Heath Center, Loyola Medical Center and PCC Community Wellness staff and program participants to schedule and refer patients to the VeggieRx program
  • Support the preparation of recipe cards, nutrition information, and lesson hands-outs for each distribution, creating new materials as needed
  • Train, engage and supervise Windy City Harvest program participants and UIC dietetic interns during box distributions
  • Collect and enter participant information into a database to support program evaluation
  • Support weekly box pack out, delivery, and distribution at all VeggieRx distribution locations.
  • Support the promotion of weekly farm stands in Austin, Maywood, and at PCC Salud
  • Act as a supportive program, and job and agriculture resource, to program participants, staff, community residents, media, and collaborative partners.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • Commitment to the mission of Windy City Harvest
  • Billingual in English and Spanish
  • Understanding of federal benefit programs, particularly Snap/Link
  • A strong interest in working with youth development and transitional jobs
  • Commitment to being a supportive resource for program participants, community residents, and project partners
  • Willingness to drive large vehicles for distribution
  • A detail-oriented, flexible, dependable and punctual work ethic; this position requires evening availability one day per week
  • The ability to lift 50 pounds and capacity to work in all weather conditions, performing manual labor
  • Excellent communications skills: email, phone, in person, etc.
Physical Demands: 
This is an urban farm setting. Staff must be able to work on their feet all day, in all weather conditions, performing manual labor. There will be frequent lifting, standing, walking, bending, farm tool usage, machinery operation, as well as speaking to the public, staff and program participants. Staff is required to lift, push, and pull items up to 50 pound. Staff are expected to work in multiple locations.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

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