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Food Forward works to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we’d love to have you join us. Please view our open positions and internships below.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities. 

Careers

Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator – LA County

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) non-profit
Position: Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator – LA County
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. *See our core values posted below.

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a Backyard Harvest (BYH) Coordinator to join our Backyard Harvest Program. The BYH Coordinator will report to the BYH Sr. Manager and Supervisor and work to improve programmatic efficiency and deepen the program’s impact in LA County. They will also closely work with other program staff in LA and Ventura counties. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the Los Angeles food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented who can work both independently and collaboratively, in-person and remotely, to schedule and coordinate logistics for 25-50+ unique harvest events each month, based on the season. They will be responsible for organizing large amounts of data and information, multi-tasking, and communicating clearly with a variety of stakeholders. This job will require working occasional weekends and evenings and includes some seasonal work in the field, but the majority of time will be spent in an office setting. The ideal candidate for the BYH Coordinator role has experience working with and engaging volunteers, exhibits excellent people, public speaking and customer service skills, and has a strong interest in issues related to food waste and recovery, hunger eradication and food justice. The BYH Program is constantly evolving, and an ideal candidate will support the growth of the program. The person in this role will have access to a Food Forward vehicle for many work-related tasks but occasional personal vehicle usage will be required. Applicable mileage will be eligible for reimbursement at standard IRS rates.

Core Responsibilities

Event Coordination:                                                                                                                                     

  • Frequent and timely communication via phone, email and text with fruit donors, volunteer event leaders and hunger relief agencies to build and maintain positive working relationships
  • Lead BYH events, assist with equipment drop offs, harvest pick-ups and deliveries to hunger relief agencies

Volunteer Engagement:

  • Onboard, train and oversee 50+ volunteer event leaders who lead harvest events
  • Play a key role in managing program assistants and interns
  • Assist BYH Supervisor in the planning of, day-of organizing and participation in volunteer engagement activities

Program Operations:

  • Organize monthly event data via Food Forward’s data system CITRA
  • Responsible for equipment inventory and repair needs
  • Assist with updating and developing new training materials for event leaders and create and update BYH staff workflows and manuals
  • Assist with creation and organization of program related information within Google Workspace
  • Other duties as assigned

Communication and Community Outreach:

  • Serve as the point of contact and maintain relationship with community partners and regional equipment hubs
  • Help draft content for program related and org wide newsletters, blogs, social media and other external communication
  • Assist in the prospecting of new community partners
  • Represent Food Forward at community events, council meetings, universities, etc.
  • Ability to communicate with Spanish speaking partners a plus, but not required

Minimum Requirements:

  • Computer literate and proficiency in Google Workspace & Microsoft Excel
  • High School diploma/GED or equivalent work experience
  • Must be willing and available to have a flexible schedule and work occasional weekends
  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks (training is provided) in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • A valid class C driver’s license with no more than one moving citation on record

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of produce and equipment weighing up to 55 lbs
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: October 2021
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $19.71 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision and Life Insurance Coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work Flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, BYH Coordinator  – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

 *Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.
Development Data Supervisor

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Development Data Supervisor
Hours: Full-Time, exempt
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking candidates for the position of Development Data Supervisor. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, they will work with a fast-paced development team and provide support in all areas of fundraising, including from individuals, foundations, events, and more. A primary focus of this position is to act as key administrator of the Salesforce database, ensuring accurate recordkeeping on Food Forward’s universe of supporters. In addition, the Development Data Supervisor will administer the online giving platform (Classy) and other integrations. They will also work closely with the Finance team, generating income reports, compiling data, assisting in reconciliation, and providing overall support to make sure financial records are accurate across the organization.

The Supervisor will be a database expert who understands the power of good data analysis in designing and implementing donor outreach. The ideal candidate will be able to see the story behind the numbers and use the data to impact messaging. They should also understand the fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising and the need for accurate information in managing donor relationships. The ideal candidate will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and the ability to work collaboratively with all staff and volunteers in a diverse and brisk environment; is self-motivated and highly organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible with the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously; exercises good judgment in handling confidential donor information; and has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values (see below).

Core Responsibilities

Data Entry, Gift Acknowledgments, and Reconciliation:

  • Manage processing of all financial gifts; assist in valuation and recordkeeping of in-kind donations. Enter gifts into Salesforce database with accurate coding and donor information, soliciting team input when needed.
  • Work with development staff to produce an accurate and timely gift acknowledgement and tax receipt process following compliance protocols; ensure regular updates to acknowledgment text; generate donor pledge reminders and invoices.
  • Manage donors’ inquiries about donation records and acknowledgements; ensure timely ‘customer service.’
  • Batch and report all donations to the finance staff on a timely basis following organization protocols; manage the month-end reconciliation process to ensure the smooth transfer of data to the finance staff, as well as year-end reconciliation and audit prep as requested.

Systems and CRM Management:

  • Manage all aspects of Salesforce database administration, including data integrity, back-up, and security.
  • Manage online giving platform (Classy), including campaign implementation, troubleshooting, and reporting.
  • Develop efficient systems of data sharing with other departments, ensuring donor confidentiality.
  • Strategize and implement data enrichment and other integrations to accomplish organization’s goals.
  • Model proficiency in use of the database and stay current on Salesforce updates and best practices.
  • Ensure data quality by following, establishing, and regularly updating quality assurance protocols, processes, and documentation.
  • Manage vendor relationships to support development operations.

Reporting and Other Operations:

  • Produce accurate queries, complex reports, donor lists needed by development staff and CEO, including campaigns and mailings, events, moves management, prospect tracking, donor trends, analytics, and other tailored reports on a routine and as needed basis.
  • Help development staff manage dashboards on revenue progress and moves management.
  • Maintain accurate records of correspondence and campaign results.
  • Work with communications staff to support data sharing and reporting for online campaigns.
  • Communicate proactively to CDO and development staff about donor feedback, trends, and daily operations.
  • Keep informed of Food Forward public messaging to ensure accurate donor interactions.
  • Occasionally work evenings or weekend special events which may require Southern California travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofits, preferably in fundraising
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Salesforce administration
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications required
  • High-level expertise with MS Excel, data analysis, and data visualization tools
  • Understanding of basic bookkeeping is a plus

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews in progress.
Desired Start Date: November 1, 2021
Hours: Full-time, exempted with occasional evening and weekend hours
Compensation: $25.00 – $27.50 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read: Development Data Supervisor – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include the answers to the following questions: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest vel of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, verse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.
Grants Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Grants Manager
Hours: Full-time, exempted
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organization Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: The Grants Manager reports to the Chief Development Officer. The Manager will drive the grants solicitation and reporting program for the organization, managing an extensive portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government funder relationships. Working closely with the CDO and an experienced Grant Writer, the Manager will strategize creative and effective outreach to prospective funders while ensuring strict adherence to a robust grants calendar. The Manager will maintain a timely and responsive communications flow with funders externally and with leadership and the Development team internally. Regular financial monitoring and reporting will require a working knowledge of nonprofit budgeting and programs. The Manager is a key communicator about the organization and will be expected to stay well informed about programmatic details. As a member of a growing fundraising team, the Manager will also be part of larger message development, solicitation campaigns, and donor cultivation activities.   

The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and possess exceptional communication, written, and critical thinking skills. They should be extremely proactive, personable, possess excellent multitasking skills, and be able to keep small and large projects on schedule. They will demonstrate excellent leadership and project management ability; proficiency in creating and adhering to project timelines; enthusiasm and creativity; a high level of professionalism and discretion with all stakeholders, including VIPs; and a high interest in learning about philanthropic trends and best practices. They will be flexible, a team player, able to work well under pressure, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment. The candidate should be passionate about hunger and food justice issues. 

Success in the first year will include adherence to all grants deadlines; development of a 2022 calendar that incorporates creative prospecting strategies; established benchmarks for grants program growth based on trends and on a source by source analysis of the current file; and the development of success measures for retention and new solicitation. Food Forward is rapidly expanding, and this position has strong potential for growth! 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Drive a robust grants calendar, ensuring timely internal engagement of staff and leadership and on-time external delivery of proposals and reports.
  • Work closely with the Grant Writer to ensure timely and accurate completion of the grants lifecycle: research, outreach, LOIs, proposals, site visits, and reporting.
  • Coordinate with the Finance team to create and monitor detailed program budgets and restricted funds reporting on government, capital, and other grants.
  • Work closely with CDO to develop the annual fundraising plan and projections for revenue from foundations and government sources; collaborate with other Development managers on projections for corporate and family foundations. 
  • Using Salesforce CRM for grants management, provide regular internal reports on cash flow and projections; keep the database current with all grant and institutional funder information.
  • Advise on grant acknowledgments and other funder communications to ensure both compliance and relationship-building. 
  • Prepare CEO, CDO, board members, and others for funder meetings, site visits, and other cultivation.
  • Create donor and funder education materials for a variety of audiences and issue interests; strategize with Development and Communications teams on creative ways to expand Food Forward’s reach and impact.
  • Oversee research of prospective funders, including incorporating outreach opportunities into the annual calendar.
  • Maintain deep working knowledge about Food Forward activities for accurate and engaging funder communications; conduct food system research to contextualize and inform Food Forward’s work.
  • Work with the CDO to engage the organization’s staff and board in a culture of philanthropy, building understanding of the grants process.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least four years of grants management experience, either in fundraising or grant-making
  • Experience with government grants reporting is a bonus
  • Other experience in nonprofit fundraising, program management, or volunteer leadership is highly valued
  • Fundamental understanding of nonprofit budgeting and/or proficiency in basic bookkeeping
  • Staff management experience is a plus
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  • Experience working with Salesforce and/or other CRM or donor software is preferred
  • Must be willing and available to work occasional nights and weekends.

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews in progress.

Desired Start Date: September 2021

Hours: Full-time, exempted with occasional evening and weekend hours

Salary: $75,000 – 82,000

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Grants Mgr. – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include the answers to the following questions: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Strategic Partnerships Manager
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organization Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: The Strategic Partnerships Manager will report to the Chief Development Officer. They will be responsible for managing a growing portfolio of corporate and other partnerships for fundraising and raising awareness about Food Forward’s impact. They will seek out, engage and maintain a wide array of income-generating corporate and event sponsorships, passive income relationships, and culinary and other creative partnerships throughout the year.

The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and possess exceptional communication, written, and critical thinking skills. They should be extremely proactive, personable, possess excellent multitasking and negotiation skills, and be able to keep small and large projects on schedule. They will demonstrate excellent leadership and project management skills; proficiency in creating and adhering to project timelines; enthusiasm and creativity; high level of professionalism with all stakeholders, including VIPs; and a high interest in learning. They will be flexible, a team player, able to work well under pressure, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment.

The candidate should be passionate about hunger and food justice issues. Food Forward is rapidly expanding, and this position has strong potential for growth!

Core Responsibilities:

  • Create new and manage existing income-generating corporate partnerships, including negotiating sponsorship packages; submitting required grant/sponsorship applications; goal-setting; and budgeting.
  • Seek out, execute, and manage an array of revenue-generating, brand-building promotions with local restaurants, chefs, retailers, food businesses, and others.
  • Represent Food Forward to potential partners and supporters, including through presentations and employee-engagement activities.
  • Field inquiries from prospective partners; prioritize potential partnerships based on revenue, audience reach, and Food Forward objectives.
  • Work with the Development team to amplify opportunities for corporate support, including employee matching funds and team fundraising.
  • Plan and execute public events with the Development and Volunteer teams, including vendor relationships, negotiating agreements, and overseeing compliance.
  • Work with Communications and Development teams to establish timelines and content for creative marketing, social media, and promotion of partnerships and events.
  • Undertake research; conduct regular analysis of the donor base; and manage the prospects pipeline for partnership opportunities.
  • Vet partners prior to engagement to ensure they are on mission and fit the culture/values of Food Forward.
  • Work with CDO to develop annual projections and report cash flow.
  • Create accurate and easy-to-digest reports for leadership, board of directors, and external stakeholders.
  • Act as key staff liaison to Food Forward’s Culinary Advisory Board and Earned Income Committee.
  • Maintain ongoing awareness about Food Forward activities for informed conversations with corporate partners; strategize with Development and Communications teams on creative ways to market Food Forward’s reach and impact.
  • Assist with additional development projects to expand Food Forward’s fundraising capacity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in nonprofit development or nonprofit communications field or equivalent for-profit social responsibility experience.
  • Demonstrated 2 years experience in a mid-level or project management role in at least one of the following areas: corporate responsibility programs, grants, cause marketing, public relations, or event promotion.
  • Basic graphic design skills and comfort with minimal art direction as it relates to branding and layout.
  • Experience preparing and managing project budgets and producing financial reports.
  • Experience using Salesforce and/or similar CRM software; skilled in Microsoft Office Suite and Google platforms.
  • Must be willing and available to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable source of transportation, and ability to navigate Southern California.

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews in progress.
Desired Start Date: November 1, 2021
Hours: Full-time, exempted with occasional evening and weekend hours
Salary: $62,500 – 67,500

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Strategic Partnerships Mgr. – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include the answers to the following questions: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.
Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) Driver

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Truck Driver
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: City of Bell, CA

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking an organized, energetic, and detail-oriented WRP Truck Driver to join our team. The WRP Truck Driver will report to the WRP Manager. The Driver will be responsible for early-morning produce pick-ups from donors at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal and surrounding areas, delivery of donations to receiving agencies, and accurately entering incoming donations into Food Forward’s inventory management system our inventory. The Driver is expected to provide great customer service, keep in constant contact with the dispatch team, and enter invoices daily. The schedule will be 5 days a week, from as early as 4am to about 2:30pm depending on program needs.

The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger in a fast-paced environment and is a skilled driver and communicator. They will need to be able to think critically and demonstrate strong decision-making and time management skills as well as have a strong working knowledge of the produce industry and general growing seasons.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Complete daily routes in a safe and time efficient manner, taking direction from dispatch team
  • Decipher quality and perishability of 100’s of varieties of produce
  • Load and Unload produce donations
  • Process orders in Food Forward’s Inventory management system, maintaining accurate records
  • Ensure proper food handling and safety protocols are followed by staff members
  • Assist warehouse staff as needed during busy windows of operation in moving produce in and out of the warehouse or refrigerator
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Produce handling experience 5+years
  • Current experience driving 24 – 26ft box truck in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • Valid Class B driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Bilingual, Spanish and English
  • Good geographical knowledge of Greater Los Angeles
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment such as: Pallet Jack and Electric Pallet Jack
  • Must be willing to work flexible schedule and early hours.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to repeatedly lift and carry materials weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 or until position is filled

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt

Compensation: $17 – $20 per hour

  • Benefits:
  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply:

  • Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?
  • The subject line should read, WRP Driver – (Your Name). No phone calls, please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.
  • Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work
Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) Warehouse Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Warehouse Coordinator
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: City of Bell, CA

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. *See our core values posted below

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a detail-oriented warehouse coordinator to join our Wholesale Recovery team. The WRP Warehouse Coordinator will report to the WRP Warehouse Supervisor and must have extensive produce handling and warehousing experiences. The ideal candidate must be able to work early hours and with flexible schedules. They will work closely and effectively with team members, have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

The Warehouse Coordinator will help oversee the receiving, sorting, and distributing of millions of pounds of fresh produce. The Warehouse Coordinator will rely heavily on material handling equipment to complete their tasks. The success of the individual will ensure that Food Forward continues to provide fresh and healthy produce to the community.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support WRP Warehouse Supervisor to manage warehousing, receiving, inventory, and distribution processes and procedures.
  • Loading and Unloading incoming and outgoing inventory.
  • Creating and Maintaining a welcoming environment for all Food Forward stakeholders, training and supervision of warehouse volunteers in coordination with Food Forward’s Outreach Department.
  • Assist in the implementation of warehouse safety and security protocol to stay compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Ensure all safety procedures are being followed by all persons entering the facility. This includes Food Forward staff, guests, receiving agencies, and volunteers.
  • Ad Hoc duties as needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2 – 5 years of produce warehousing, shipping and receiving experience, and inventory control and management
  • 2 – 5 years of produce handling experience (ability to decipher quality & perishability)
  • 2 – 5 years of experience with forklifts, electric/manual pallet jacks, etc…

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to frequently lift and carry materials weighing 25 – 70 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Ability to work in a refrigerated environment. (temperatures as low as 32°F)

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $16 to $18 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, WRP Warehouse Coordinator – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?
No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

Since Food Forward’s inception, staff, volunteers, and interns have rescued millions of servings of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over 2 million people across 8 Southern California counties this year alone.

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