Internship

Programs Intern

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit working to strengthen healthy communities by growing and sharing healthy food. We work with thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds each year to produce more than 200,000 pounds of produce, and distribute this produce throughout the Richmond area through a variety of programs and partnerships.  We currently are seeking a Programs Intern!

Key Programs
  • The Grown to Go Mobile Market visits 15 sites across the city on a weekly basis throughout the growing season, providing access to farm-fresh, affordable produce in communities that lack traditional access to healthy food. Hundreds of shoppers visit the market each month, and about 30% of sales are SNAP.
  • Our Prescription Produce Plan (PPP) partners with healthcare providers and community organizations to provide produce and complimentary cooking and food skills education to enrolled individuals, helping folks at risk or experiencing diet-related chronic disease eat better and experience positive health changes. We also provide Food Skills Education materials and community engagement activities at our mobile markets and community events.
  • Through our Healthy Retail Program, we deliver low-cost produce to small, independent retailers in low-access neighborhoods, helping them provide their communities with affordable and consistent access to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Our Nutrition Distribution Program donates fresh produce to local food pantries, community kitchens, and Feed More to help supplement traditional pantry donations, because we believe that every person deserves access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • We also work on a systems level, serving as the Regional Lead for Virginia Fresh Match, a SNAP Match program for produce at farmers markets and independent retailers, and as the regional backbone organization for the newly-established Hunger Action Coalition.

We are seeking interns to assist at Mobile Markets, collect market shopper and PPP participant data, and assist with food skills education activities. This is also a great opportunity for creative projects in your area of interest or academic focus. Interns will gain experience in markets/retail, community engagement, surveys and data analysis, and nutrition programming, as well as real-life applications of social work, public health, dietetics, and community food systems, and participate in readings/discussions of food systems, poverty, and agriculture through a racial equity lens. Interns work under the guidance of the Director of Programs and as an active part of the Programs team.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Mobile Market assistance
  • Mobile Market shopper surveys and analysis
  • Recipe tastings at Mobile Markets
  • Recipe preparation and cooking class assistance
  • Other projects, based on individual interest and organizational need
Qualities
  • Interest in learning more about root causes and health implications of food system inequities, and in exploring systems-level and justice-based solutions
  • Flexible and adaptable to a variety of working environments, independent, and
    solutions-oriented
  • Proactive communication with supervisor and team members, and ability to communicate with humility and respect across racial, socioeconomic, and generational lines
Qualifications
  • Drivers license and car preferable – or other ability to transport yourself to various locations
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus
  • Additional consideration given to candidates with personal experience and understanding of the inequitable food and health barriers that many of our partners and participants face
Compensation

This is a part-time, temporary, unpaid intern position, with access to all the vegetables you can eat.

To Apply

Please send your resume and email outlining any specific background or areas of interest that you bring to this experience to Erin Lingo at erin@shalomfarms.org.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022

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