The Food Access Coordinator supports organizational and programmatic activities to increase food access for low-income customers at our farmers markets. The Food Access Coordinator has three areas of responsibility (1) coordination and implementation; (2) community and consumer outreach; and (3) training.
NFM currently implements the following food access programs:
- Fresh Bucks, in partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment
- SNAP/EBT in partnership with USDA Food and Nutrition Services
- SNAP Market Match in partnership with the WA State Department of Health
- WIC and Senior FMNP in partnership with WA State Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services
- Farm to Food Bank in partnership with private funders and Harvest Against Hunger Helping Harvest Vouchers, in partnership with local food banks
- Gleaning programs at NFM markets in partnership with local food banks
This position will play an active role in NFM’s food access programming and work closely with leadership, Market Managers and the Food Access Specialist to ensure expanding access for shoppers at farmers markets and increased sales opportunities to farmers. This position relies on internal and external partnerships in order to promote and implement food access programming that increases access to fresh, local food for underserved communities and support sales
opportunities to farmers. This position requires an individual who can wear multiple hats and partner with others to create plans and make them a reality.
- Participate in development and implementation of strategic plans, work plans, and other organization-wide efforts seeking to accomplish NFM’s mission and goals.
- Track and monitor budgets and grant reporting for food access programs and market-related income.
- Participate in creation and implementation of policies and practices that support successful outcomes for farmers, vendors, and low-income shoppers.
- Operate farmers markets that support farmers and vendors and create vibrant community gathering places.
- Support the development of organizational goals, messages and advocacy priorities surrounding food access.
Food Access Program Coordination & Implementation
- Coordinate the implementation of all food access programming at all NFM farmers markets, working in concert with Market Managers, Programs Coordinator, and Food Access Specialist.
- Oversee monthly invoicing and reporting for Fresh Bucks, Helping Harvest, SNAP and SNAP Market Match, and support Market Managers in tracking and inventory.
- Manage working inventory of all Fresh Bucks and SNAP Market Match materials and equipment including tablets, phones, apps, currencies, and outreach materials.
- Establish organization-wide systems to manage, account for, order, invoice, and track market currencies. This includes coordinating with accounting staff, managers, and Market Managers, documenting process, and ensuring roles are clear. Oversee all SNAP/EBT operations including FMC grant application and reporting, payment processing (TSYS/Payment Spring) contracts, POS device maintenance, and token inventory and ordering.
- Maintain ongoing communication with market vendors, Market Managers and Staff, and NFM staff about food access programs.
Partnership & Community Outreach
- In partnership with marketing & communications staff, create and execute on targeted food access and Fresh Bucks outreach plans in partnership with Market Managers.
- Conduct regular outreach to promote food access programming to target audiences.
- Provide partnership and education at city and county-wide Fresh Bucks meetings, ensuring farmers and Farmers Markets are represented and understood.
- Create content for web, social media, and markets to increase consumer awareness and participation in the farmers markets.
- Conduct regular outreach to community organizations including food banks, Fresh Bucks CBOs, and public agencies to promote programming in farmers markets.
- Attend trainings hosted by local, state and federal administrative bodies as required.
- Provide written, virtual, and hands-on training to Market Managers and Staff (and vendors – add vendor education component) to ensure technical competence, program compliance, and informed, culturally responsive service to food access customers.
- Provide information resources and training to vendors to ensure understanding and compliance with the suite of food access programs.
- Actively contribute to and learn from peer-learning groups such as the Nutrition Incentive Hub, King County Farmers Market Managers, and WSFMA Food Access Forum.
- Develop and update documentation that improves NFM’s institutional knowledge, training, and continuous improvement.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and with attention to detail.
- Demonstrated commitment to food justice, racial equity, and local food systems.
- Strong partnership and customer service skills including the ability to work with diverse populations and people from all backgrounds.
- Intermediate understanding of Excel.
- Willingness to learn the technicalities of local, state, and federal benefit programs.
- Willingness to work outdoors in all weather and ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.