The Local Food Access Coordinator (LFAC) is a member of NOFA-VT’s Local Food Access team, which strives to ensure that all Vermonters have equitable access to local and organic food in both consumer and institutional settings, while simultaneously supporting farm viability and market development. The LFAC is primarily responsible for implementing our local food access programs, Crop Cash, Farm Share, Senior Farm Share, and technical assistance for farms and farmers markets that wish to accept 3SquaresVT/SNAP benefits. With support from the Food Access Programs Director, the LFAC will play a key role in evaluating, expanding (where appropriate and feasible) and improving the local food access programs. Additionally, the LFAC contributes to the fundraising, grant writing, and advocacy that supports and sustains our local food access programs.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Crop Cash (and Farm Stand Match)
- Enroll, train and provide technical support to 20-40 farmers markets and 2-4 farm stands annually who participate in the Crop Cash/Farm Stand Match Program
- Coordinate outreach, payments, data collection, and evaluation for participating markets and farms
- Farm Share
- Coordinate summer and fall/winter application cycles serving 500+ households and 50+ participating farms annually
- Conduct outreach to bring new farms into the program
- Coordinate annual program evaluation by soliciting participant and farmer feedback
- Assist with grant proposals and support the annual Share The Harvest fundraiser and other fundraising efforts that support the program
- Senior Farm Share
- Coordinate outreach to 60-70 senior housing sites statewide
- Support ~1000 seniors and younger adults with disabilities to participate in the program
- Coordinate share distribution between participating farms and housing sites, reimbursement to farms and serve as liaison to partners at the Dep’t of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living
- Direct Market 3SquaresVT/SNAP Support
- Provide technical assistance to farmers and farmers markets to increase 3SquaresVT/ SNAP access and awareness
- Collaborate with state partners (Dep’t of Children & Families; Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; Dep’t of Health) and nonprofit partners and coalitions (Hunger Free VT; VT Foodbank; 3SquaresVT working group, SNAP Ed working Group, Farm to Plate Food access group, etc.) to stay informed of policy and technology trends
The LFAC possesses expertise in federal and state food assistance programs as well as strong knowledge of local and organic farms, food systems and direct markets. The LFAC also has strong written and oral communications skills, the ability to manage several projects at once, and a proven ability to work with diverse groups of people. The LFAC is highly organized, attentive to details, customer-service-oriented, and is experienced with both Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.
The NOFA-VT office is in Richmond, Vermont, and staff may opt to have a permanent work station available in the office. Remote and hybrid work settings will also be considered, though the position will require occasional travel within Vermont, and applicants must be able and willing to come to the office regularly for meetings and to conduct some program business.