Nutrition Education Specialist - Overland Park - #19529348


Date: Feb 23, 2021
City: Overland Park, KS
Contract type: Full time

Nutrition Education Specialist - Overland Park

Catholic Charities supports low income children and their families in almost every program and office across the agency. Rent, utility and household food and income supports are offered along with other strengthening programs to help families move to self-sufficiency. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has 8 brick and mortar food pantries and a resource bus that takes food and delivers services in 14 additional locations. Low-income families in rural communities are faced with barriers and financial costs that severely limit access to nutritious food. Barriers include food deserts - distance to food, cost and availability of transportation, and financial cost of nutritious food. As a result, the availability of nutrition education programs is limited and outweighed by the need for programs designed to change behaviors that affect rates of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. This program will improve and enhance the current efforts of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas in providing food and nutrition education to low income families in rural communities. The agency continues to work with our community partners to promote programming and develop programs that meet the needs of each individual community. Recruitment of local volunteers is essential to the work of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.

Member Duties : The AmeriCorps member will play a vital role in improving and enhancing the food and nutrition education work of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The member will help address barriers to healthy, affordable food through 8 brick and mortar food pantries and via the Resource Bus that delivers food and services to 14 additional rural locations. The AmeriCorps member will use the American Heart Association's Healthy for Life education program designed to change behaviors regarding food and nutrition. The AmeriCorps member will demonstrate cooking techniques and prepare delicious and healthy food with the help of volunteers, enabling clients to acquire new skills to prepare more nutritious meals. The AmeriCorps member will provide culturally relevant healthy recipes to clients, increase their level of comfort with healthy foods, & educate clients on budgeting and shopping for healthy foods. They will help to develop partnerships and recruit volunteers to sustain this program. Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Education award upon successful completion of service , Health Coverage , Training , Living Allowance . Terms :

Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended . Service Areas :

Community Outreach , Hunger , Education , Health . Skills :

Community Organization , Education , Social Services , Public Health , Non-Profit Management .

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