The Maine Food Strategy, a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, is an organization that facilitates collaborative projects and partnerships to bolster Maine’s food system. Through an inclusive and participatory process, the initiative developed four value areas that a food system should embody: A robust food economy; a healthy and sustainable environment; healthy food access for all Mainers; and community support of positive food production and enterprises. One of the ways Maine Food Strategy is developing collaborative projects is by forming Councils around each value area. These councils, comprised of field experts, are charged with identifying important and timely projects that would benefit from a collaborative approach. The food security and access council is named “Healthy Food for All” and is leading development of the Food Security Resource Guide.
The Healthy Food for All Research Intern will provide information on food access and nutrition education programs in Maine. While many resource guides like this exist across the state, there is not a comprehensive guide focusing on food access for the entire state. This project is focused on developing and promoting a searchable online database to be used by practitioners and social service providers to better connect those in need with programs available to them.
Healthy Food for All Council Members
- Courtney Kennedy, Good Shepherd Food Bank
- Elizabeth Pratt, Maine SNAP-Ed
- Jim Hanna, Cumberland County Food Security Council
- Jimmy DeBiasi, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets
- Kelly LaCasse, Healthy Northern Kennebec/Healthy Waterville
- Kourtney Collum, College of Atlantic
- Kristen Miale, Good Shepherd Food Bank
- Molly Clark, Cold Spring Ranch
- Renee Page, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area
- Shannon Grimes, Maine Farmland Trust
This position will involve research on food access and nutrition education programs across 12 health districts. S/he will:
- Connect with the Health Liaisons and individual organizations for information on existing resources;
- Enter data into spreadsheets;
- Enter information (or coach the organizations to enter information) into the Maine Food Atlas platform, using the appropriate tags to associate the information with the Council;
- Use input from Council members to help guide the work plan;
- Report to the Maine Food Strategy staff project manager;
- Develop a manual for practitioners on how to use the Maine Food Atlas and search for programs;
- Develop a “roll out plan” for the resource guide, including which organizations to market it to and how;
- Conduct other research that may be needed, such as a “needs assessment” of where gaps in services exists, using metrics and existing data.
Benefits and skills to be Gained
Benefits include mentorship from MFS staff and partners, exposure to a network of folks working on hunger issues in Maine, and an opportunity to strengthen their skills developing online tools and resources for stakeholders. There is also an opportunity to coordinate informational interviews with Council members to learn about their home organizations and expand personal networks.
Hours and Travel
- This position may require personal vehicle travel to different parts of the state to collect information;
- This position does not provide a formal work space, and s/he should be comfortable working on their own. Some work space may be provided by affiliate organizations in different locations should the need arise;
- The Maine Food Strategy is willing to work with the applicant's academic institution if they desire to earn academic credit for their work on this project.
- High school diploma;
- Understanding of food security issues in Maine, and desire to help educate others on topics contributing to it and how to alleviate it;
- Ability to work remotely without direct supervision. Check-ins will be provided weekly and ad hoc throughout the week as needed;
- Professional approach to connecting with organizations and individuals working in this field (email correspondence protocols, friendly and helpful demeanor, etc.);
- Knowledge of online tools such as Google Drive and Zoom, and familiarity with computer and web-based platforms;
- Knowledge and comfort with spreadsheets and data collection and input.
This position will be for 10-12 hours per week and pays $12/hr.
Please include a resume and cover letter in your online application.
TSNE MissionWorks and Maine Food Strategy envision a society grounded in principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each individual as a whole person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. We value the unique talents and contributions of each of our employees.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/MFS will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status, or any other factor prohibited by law.