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Nutrition Education Specialist

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Job Description

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. This position will
travel to our different sites and conduct nutrition education in
rural communities on our resource bus. They will help to
develop partnerships and recruit volunteers to sustain this
program.


Program Benefits : Education award upon successful
completion of service , Training , Childcare assistance if
eligible , Health Coverage , Living Allowance .
Terms : Permits working at another job during off hours , Car
recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours
.
Service Areas : Health , Community Outreach , Education ,
Hunger .


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


Service Description : 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.

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