A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
TC Food Justice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis and incorporated in March, 2016. We work to reduce food waste and hunger in the greater Twin Cities area by working with co-ops, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets to take unsellable produce and nutrient rich breads and deliver it to nearby hunger relief organizations. We focus exclusively on vegetables and fruits (and to a lesser extent, bread) because we seek to improve and enhance access to nutritious, perishable food items at hunger relief organizations that find it a challenge to consistently provide fresh food options for their clients.
TC Food Justice operates through four core values: (1) improving health through increased access to nutrient rich food, especially among food insecure individuals, (2) creating conditions for health and economic equity in the neighborhoods we serve, (3) executing our work through environmentally sustainable mechanisms, and (4) mentoring students and engaging the broader community in the issues of food waste and hunger.
The largest and longest-running program at TC Food Justice is our Food Rescue Program. This program is the core of our work: we find donors with excess produce that they would like to donate instead of throwing away, partner with nearby hunger relief organizations to plan weekly produce drop-offs, and coordinate our volunteers to collect, sort, and deliver the food either using a bicycle and trailer or a personal vehicle. We have found our niche in the local food waste and hunger communities by serving as the connection between smaller, locally owned food businesses and hunger relief organizations that do not have the capacity to receive truckloads of produce each week. We are committed to delivering donated produce the same day (or next day, when operating hours conflict), recognizing the importance of providing our recipient organizations with the highest quality of produce possible. All our deliveries operate free of cost to partner donor and recipient organizations.
Since beginning the Food Rescue Program in March 2016, we have built partnerships with eight donor produce organizations, countless farmers working at local farmers markets, and twelve hunger relief organizations across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our Food Rescue Program is growing quickly to include many new donor and recipient organizations, helping us deliver produce in additional food insecure neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Compared to this time last year, in calendar year 2017, we have rescued more than twice as much produce and have worked with 13 more partner organizations. In all, we have diverted more than 36,000 pounds of produce from landfills and compost bins and have delivered it to hunger relief organizations serving food insecure individuals. Our Food Rescue Program has been supported by nearly 80 distinct volunteers, 22 of whom have committed to weekly volunteer sessions.
Although we are a relatively new organization, we have a team of passionate, tireless staff and volunteers who are dedicated to continue growing the impact of our work in the Twin Cities community. In our 18 months of operating the Food Rescue Program, we have built the networks and infrastructure to significantly grow the scope of our program in the coming years.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Grant and Fundraising Coordinator is an unpaid staff position, as are all staff positions in the organization.
The Grant and Fundraising Coordinator will be responsible for leading grant writing opportunities and developing ideas for fundraising for the organization.
Many staff and board members are interested in supporting the grant component of this position by providing institutional knowledge, editing, and assisting in writing and budget drafting, but do not have the background skills in community based grants to take a leadership role. The Grant and Fundraising Coordinator will therefore be responsible for leading these staff, finding grant opportunities, writing, interacting with granting organizations, and ensuring ensuring grants are submitted in a timely manner.
The Grant and Fundraising Coordinator will also be responsible for generating fundraising ideas for the organization and maintaining engagement with individual donors. As fundraising is itself a large endeavor, a committee on fundraising will be created comprised of staff and board members with this individual as the head of the committee.
Experience and Qualification Requirements
Experience in grant writing and fundraising in a grass-roots nonprofit organization is preferred.
Applicants who have language capacity beyond English are encouraged to apply.
The time commitment for this position will vary as grant opportunities and fundraising ebb and flow. Applicants should be able to commit 5-8 hours of remote work per week for TC Food Justice. Staff meetings are held every other Monday evening from 6:30-8:00 pm in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
How To Apply
Submit your resume and a cover letter to email@example.com by 11:55 pm on Sunday, January 21st 2018.
Include in the cover letter previous experience you would draw on in this position and why you are looking to work with TC Food Justice.