Acacia Network Community Chef Educator in Bronx, New York
Community Chef Educator Bronx, NY : 9/14/2020
The Harvest Home Eating for Good Health Program (EFGH) is designed to educate community residents, both at farmers markets and local venues, year round. A primary goal of the program is to create educated, health-conscious consumers of all ages. The program aims to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by linking broader community health issues to dietary practices, while introducing market shoppers to easy, plant-based recipes. Community Chef Educators will work as part of a team of two in the preparation and delivery of nutrition and cooking workshops at farmers markets.
Prepare for and implement interactive cooking demonstrations as part of nutrition education workshops in accordance with program curriculum
Assist with and ensure proper set-up and breakdown of cooking equipment and educational materials
Promoting healthy eating practices at the markets by conducting cooking demonstrations, distributing samples and recipe cards, and providing culturally competent nutrition education.
Completion of a mandatory 20-hour Community Food Educator training program with an emphasis on community engagement, using local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and food handling/cooking techniques.
Collecting data and administering surveys to customers.
Communicating daily with the Program Coordinator to ensure smooth operations.
Working with community-based organizations, health and nutrition organizations, and community residents from several NYC neighborhoods
Experience or training in nutrition
Knowledge about regional produce
Dynamic personality and excellent presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills
Ability to work in multi-cultural settings with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse populations
Willing and able to stand for long periods of time and work outdoors
Does not shy away from the heat/cold or wind/rain (we cannot emphasize this enough!)
Preferably college or graduate student with some nutrition background (college coursework in nutrition preferred)
Has patience for some change in routine (ie: unreliable weather)
Possesses an interest in making a difference with respect to nutrition, while having a passion for food accessibility and healthy food choices
Willingness to travel throughout New York City
Ability to speak other languages is a plus! (Spanish, French, Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, and Russian)
Commitment to a minimum of 2 days per week, including Saturday, and monthly Monday morning meetings for the duration of the season
Reliable, punctual, and dependable