Jobs and Internships

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, analysis, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and public education to improve public nutrition programs and broaden their reach. FRAC and its anti-hunger partners throughout the U.S. work to alert the public and policymakers to the extent of hunger and its impact, and forge workable solutions at the national, state and community levels.

Current Openings and General Internship Information


Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA members

Positions Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with Hunger Free America, has openings for anti-hunger VISTA members in its three state-based initiatives headquartered in the District of Columbia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia to help build capacity for the federal nutrition programs in those states.  These positions are one-year AmeriCorps/Vista placements with FRAC’s D.C., Maryland and Virginia programs.

Organizational Background – The Food Research and Action Center
The Food Research and Action Center is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

Organizational Background – Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC)
The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Wal-Mart Foundation, and managed by Hunger Free America. VISTA members work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) for Americans in need.

Responsibilities
The full-year VISTA members will support FRAC’s work in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to build capacity to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The members will help recruit and train volunteers to assist in SNAP outreach.  They will help identify and engage community partners, faith-based organizations and local agencies to expand the number of organizations providing SNAP application assistance and will coordinate with partner organizations to develop innovative and targeted plans to reach special communities of interest (non-English speakers, seniors, rural populations and low-income workers).  They will also create and update SNAP toolkit resources and investigate ways to better inform recipients of the SNAP Employment and Training Program. The VISTA members may also work to increase outreach for summer meals, after schools meals, and to expand school breakfast programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; with preference for a degree in a field related to anti-hunger / social justice.
  • Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and speak in public on behalf of the organization.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team orientation.
  • Evidence of commitment to social justice; experience with SNAP/food stamp program a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products with ability to use Excel for data collection.
  • Conversant in Spanish, a plus.
  • Ability to travel around the state for meetings and events. (Must have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed.)

Time Commitment
This is a one year, full-time position with an expectant date beginning June 14, 2016.  You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, both full and part-time employment are strictly prohibited. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

Housing
You are responsible for finding your own housing.  No housing allowance will be provided.

Program Benefits

  • Living allowance, paid biweekly through Hunger Free America.
  • Segal Education Award ($5,775) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
  • Health benefits through CNCS
  • Opportunity to forbear student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Optional life insurance
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

To Apply
Please email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references no later than March 31, 2016 to:employment@frac.org.  Please include “VISTA member” in subject line, along with the location(s) where you prefer to work (DC, MD or VA). AND Please no phone calls. FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for School Nutrition Programs

Position Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) seeks a talented and experienced anti-hunger and nutrition advocate to fill the position of Child Nutrition Policy Analyst working to expand and improve the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. This position reports to the Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs.

Working with FRAC’s widespread network of national, state and local anti-hunger groups and its education, health, and youth development partners, the successful candidate will expand the use of the School Nutrition Programs among low-income children, with a primary focus on the School Breakfast Program, and will seek ways to improve their services and accessibility. The ultimate goal is to ensure that millions more children are receiving the food they need, that families obtain the support such programs provide, that school nutrition policies contribute as much as possible to children’s wellness, and that the nutrition programs support low-income children’s educational achievement and health. This position offers opportunities to work in coalition with FRAC’s education partners and to gain experience as a coalition builder and project manager.

Organizational Background
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, technical assistance and training, and an array of communications strategies. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause. FRAC is conducting a search for a Policy Analyst to help lead FRAC’s national, state, and locally-targeted efforts to expand and improve the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess the reach and quality of the school nutrition programs (school lunch and school breakfast) in targeted states and cities, as well as in the nation as a whole;
  • Provide appropriate information, technical assistance, training, strategic advice, and other hands-on support to national, state and community-based organizations, school districts, schools, and activists regarding ways to improve and expand use of the school nutrition programs, including implementation of emerging strategies like Breakfast After the Bell, Community Eligibility, and improved nutrition standards;
  • Assist in the growth of effective local, state, and regional coalitions that work on school nutrition issues;
  • Work with school districts to implement innovative strategies to increase access to the school breakfast and lunch programs;
  • Work with local, state and federal government agencies to develop and implement expansion and policy improvements that increase access to the school nutrition programs;
  • Evaluate the effects of existing or proposed legislation, regulations, policies and practices in order to determine ways to defend, improve and expand use of the school nutrition programs;
  • Write persuasive analytic materials, guides, outreach materials, and reports for use by advocates, government agencies, policy makers, service providers, and the media;
  • Manage data projects and analyze national and state participation data in the school nutrition programs;
  • Make presentations to diverse audiences at state, regional and national conferences and meetings on expanding access and participation in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs;
  • Represent FRAC at coalition and partner meetings; and
  • Speak to local and national media representatives about school nutrition program issues.

Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in advocacy, program oversight, policy analysis or organizing.
  • Experience in nonprofit, government or policy work strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically.
  • Knowledge of the school nutrition programs and effective expansion strategies strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Unquestioned integrity, a high level of energy, and a sense of humor.
  • A commitment to social justice.
  • An advanced degree is preferred, but not required.

Salary/Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous leave, health, retirement and other benefits.

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (no more than four pages) to:

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for School Nutrition Programs
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Email: employment@frac.org (Please include “Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for School Nutrition Programs” in the subject line.)

Fax: 202/986-2525

No phone calls, please.

Opening/Closing Dates
The position is available immediately. It will close when filled. However, FRAC seeks to hire a qualified individual as soon as possible.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted 10/19/16.


Part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant

Position Available
Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to join Maryland Hunger Solutions as a part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant, focusing substantially on outreach, training and public education regarding Maryland’s Food Supplement Program (FSP), also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps. This position will be located in Baltimore, Maryland with some travel around the state required. This position reports to the Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions and the full-time Anti-Hunger Program Associate.

Organizational Background
Formed in 2007, Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is the leading Maryland non-profit working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in the State of Maryland by improving participation and benefits in public nutrition and related programs. MDHS’s focus is on using federal programs (e.g., food stamps, called the Food Supplement Program in Maryland, school breakfast and lunch, summer and afterschool nutrition programs, WIC and other programs) to reduce hunger and its adverse effects; to improve economic security, health and nutrition; and to strengthen community institutions.

MDHS works to educate the public and policymakers about the extent of hunger and its impact on Maryland residents, to forge workable solutions at the state and local level, to track the performance of state and local agencies, to identify and spread sustainable best practices and to engage a network of partners to make the federal nutrition programs accessible to all those who are in need. MDHS is a core member of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, a public-private coalition led by the Governor’s Office for Children to raise awareness about childhood hunger in the state and increase participation in nutrition programs that combat hunger. MDHS leads the Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network and is a key participant in various other anti-hunger and anti-poverty coalitions. For more information on MDHS, see http://www.mdhungersolutions.org. For more information on FRAC, see www.frac.org.

Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Anti-Hunger Program Associate will predominantly involve outreach to increase participation in the FSP program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate and participate in FSP outreach efforts with the Maryland Hunger Solutions staff, partners, and public agencies.
  • Provide support and leadership to other Maryland Hunger Solutions team members to integrate the team’s work on FSP outreach across the state.
  • Identify and develop outreach opportunities.
  • Record and track the results of outreach activities.
  • Assist in the preparation of development proposals and reports.

Skills and Qualifications

  • At least six months of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
  • Good conceptual, strategic thinking, and creative skills.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Demonstrated ability to reach out effectively to low-income families and community-based organizations.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and report on program data.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong team orientation.
  • Own transportation required. (Parking/mileage reimbursement provided for required out-of-office travel.)

Compensation
$14 – $16 per hour for up to 20 hours per week through March 31, 2017, with the possibility of extensions.

To Apply
This position is available immediately.

Send resume, writing sample (not to exceed three pages), and cover letter providing a summary of accomplishments and experience to:

Part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant Search
Maryland Hunger Solutions
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th ST NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036

E-mail: employment@mdhungersolutions.org (Please include “Part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant in the subject line).
Fax: 202-986-2525; No phone calls please

Closing Date
When filled. However, Maryland Hunger Solutions/FRAC seeks to hire a qualified individual as soon as possible.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted October 25, 2016.


School Nutrition Programs Fall Intern

Position Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking an intern to work with FRAC’s child nutrition team, focusing primarily on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The intern will work with members of the child nutrition team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and education advocates, and school districts to expand participation in the school nutrition programs, and will provide research support on emerging issues effecting the programs. This position will include significant exposure to policy making processes and interaction (conference calls, meetings, etc.) with leaders in the anti-hunger and nutrition policy community.

Organizational Background
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, technical assistance and training, and an array of communications strategies. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause.

FRAC’s child nutrition work is part of its Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, which focuses on increasing children’s access to the federal nutrition programs. The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs play a crucial role in reducing childhood hunger and improving children’s health and educational achievement. This position will provide valuable experience working with key stakeholders and advocates to increase school meal participation by low-income children, with a special focus on encouraging schools to adopt in-classroom breakfast programs and universal free meal programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Very strong writing and research skills; data analysis experience preferred.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in child health, education, poverty, social justice, and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
  • Knowledge of the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and other government programs for low-income children preferred.
  • Commitment to working for social justice.
  • Experience working with schools, public agencies, and nonprofits a plus.

Potential Projects

  • Assist with development and collection of data and surveys for FRAC’s reports related to the School Breakfast Program.
  • Assist with development of technical assistance resources for state agencies and school districts to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (the newest federal option for serving free school meals in high poverty schools).
  • Create monthly newsletter to inform key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the School Breakfast Program.
  • Track and update database of national, state, and local school nutrition program expansion efforts, including state legislation and available grant funding opportunities for schools.
  • Assist with development of resources for stakeholders to promote in-classroom breakfast in their state—newsletter articles, presentations, and fact sheets.

Benefits
This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course / program requirements. FRAC may also provide some reimbursement for commuting costs for mileage or public transportation. Fall interns are expected to work at least 16 hours per week.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “School Nutrition Programs Fall Intern” in the subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted 10/19/16.


Child Nutrition Intern – Summer and Afterschool Meals Team

Position Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking an intern to work with FRAC’s summer and afterschool meals expansion team. The intern will work with members of the team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and child advocates, school districts, and community-based organizations to expand summer and afterschool meals participation, and will provide research support on emerging issues affecting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Afterschool Meal Program offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Organizational Background
The Food Research and Action Center is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and improve nutrition for low-income people in the United States. FRAC engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, dissemination of best practices, and an array of communications strategies. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause.

FRAC’s afterschool and summer nutrition program expansion work is part of its Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, which focuses on increasing low-income children’s access to the federal nutrition programs. The afterschool and summer nutrition programs play a crucial role in reducing childhood hunger and improving children’s health and educational achievement, but serve only a fraction of the low-income children who need access to these programs. This position will focus on using strategies that have been proven to increase afterschool and summer nutrition program participation, with a focus on outreach and providing technical support to cities, schools, nonprofits, anti-hunger organizations, and other key stakeholders in order to drive participation growth.

Responsibilities and Potential Projects

  • Assist in the collection of data and surveys for the Afterschool Meal Program;
  • Research and compile best practice models from local advocates, sponsors, and providers of summer and afterschool meals;
  • Track national, state, and local summer and afterschool meals expansion efforts;
  • Compile resources and announcements for monthly newsletter informing summer and afterschool key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the Summer Food Service Program and the Afterschool Meal Program;
  • Assist in organizing and planning monthly topical conference calls for national partner organizations and for afterschool and summer meal administrators, sponsors and advocates; and
  • Provide technical assistance to targeted cities and anti-hunger groups implementing the summer and afterschool nutrition programs locally.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Very strong writing and research skills; experience in conducting outreach preferred.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in child health, poverty, and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
  • Knowledge of SFSP, the CACFP Afterschool Meal Program and other government programs for low-income children preferred.
  • Commitment to working for social justice.
  • Experience working with schools, public agencies, and nonprofits a plus.

Benefits and Start Date
This internship will be done on a volunteer basis. Interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week. The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, however, the ideal candidate will be available to start in September 2016. FRAC will reimburse commuting costs for mileage or public transportation up to $500.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “Summer and Afterschool Meals Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Fall Food Supplement Program Intern (Maryland Hunger Solutions)

Position Available
Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to join Maryland Hunger Solutions as a fall intern. Through advocacy, research, coalition-building, outreach, technical assistance, public education and program monitoring, the intern will work with MDHS staff to increase participation and benefits in the Food Supplement Program (FSP) and additional federal nutrition programs in the state of Maryland.  This internship will be located in Baltimore, Maryland with some travel around the state as required.

Organizational Background
Formed in 2007, Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is the leading Maryland non-profit working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in the State of Maryland by improving participation and benefits in public nutrition and related programs. MDHS’s focus is on using federal programs (e.g., food stamps, called the Food Supplement Program in Maryland, school breakfast and lunch, summer and afterschool nutrition programs, WIC and other programs) to reduce hunger and its adverse effects; to improve economic security, health and nutrition; and to strengthen community institutions.

Responsibilities
The intern will support MDHS’ work in Maryland to build capacity to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP).  The intern will help recruit and train volunteers to assist in SNAP outreach; help identify and engage community partners, faith-based organizations and local agencies to expand the number of organizations providing SNAP application assistance; and will coordinate with partner organizations to develop innovative and targeted plans to reach special communities of interest (non-English speakers, seniors, rural populations and low-income workers).  The intern will also help create and update SNAP toolkit resources and investigate ways to better inform recipients of the SNAP Employment and Training Program. The intern may also assist in advocacy activities related to SNAP, school nutrition, or other anti-hunger, anti-poverty initiatives.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years college education.
  • Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and speak in public.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team orientation.
  • Evidence of commitment to social justice; experience with SNAP/food stamp program a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products with ability to use Excel for data collection.
  • Conversant in Spanish, a plus.
  • Ability to travel around the state for meetings and events. (Must have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed.)

Benefits
This internship may be done either to meet course /program requirements or as a volunteer.  If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500.

Start Date
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, however, the ideal candidate will be available for a 10 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 20-25 hours per week.

To Apply
Please email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references to: employment@mdhungersolutions.org. Please include “Intern – MDHS” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.