Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor

THE FOOD PANTRIES FOR THE CAPITAL DISTRICT

​​​​​​​Feeding the hungry since 1979. Helping food pantries provide groceries for 3.9 million meals annually.

Job Title:  Referral Specialist
Reports To:  Engagement and Resource Coordinator

Position Summary
The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of more than 65 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties working together to feed the hungry. Our mission is to address hunger in the Capital District through our member food pantries. We support our pantries by funding, purchasing, collecting, and delivering food. We provide a forum for networking, coordinating services, educating and training pantry staff and volunteers.

Information and Referral Services: Connecting people with food assistance and other resources. Individuals may receive assistance via the telephone and through our Food Connect Online Resource Hub.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Providing direct services via the telephone to those seeking food assistance and other resources
  • Maintaining current and relevant resource information regarding CFAN and our Food Connect Online Resource Hub.
  • Maintaining referral information for our coalition wide database referral system
  • Provide follow up as necessary for referral calls and inquiries
  • Work with referral team to provide quality service and information to our neighbors in need
  • Other duties as requested.

 
Working Conditions


Position can be physically demanding-employee must have the ability to lift up to 50lbs.
Position can be emotionally draining.
Position may require employee to sit and stand for long periods of time.
Position may require exposure to the elements: rain, snow, wind, etc.

 
Job Qualifications

Associates Degree with at least 2 years’ experience in the non- profit sector
Strong Excel, data entry skills.
Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational and communication skills.
The ability to multi–task is a must.
We are seeking a team player and someone with a positive attitude.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and a valid NYS driver’s license is required.

 
If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to pantries@thefoodpantries.org

The Food Pantries of the Capital District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Employment at The Food Pantries 

JOB OPENINGS


Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc. (The Food Pantries), is  a coalition of food pantries working together, in a spirit of cooperation, to do together what no one of us could do alone.  Our mission is to serve hungry people in the Capital District through member food pantries.  We support our pantries by purchasing, collecting and delivering food.  We provide a forum for networking, coordination of services, education, and training.

Job Title: Community Engagement Coordinator

Reports To: Development & Marketing Director


About The Food Pantries for the Capital District (TFP)
Working together to feed the hungry in our community, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a network of more than 65 food pantries located in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. Annually, The Food Pantries helps fund, collect, and deliver more than 3.1 million pounds of food for member pantries, which helps provide food for approximately 3.9 million meals.

Position Summary
The Community Engagement Coordinator is a passionate and engaged advocate dedicated to addressing food insecurity through local food pantries and helping people in need find food assistance. The Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for all community events and initiatives related to the volunteer program. This person will be a self-starter who is able to work in a small team environment and take initiative on various tasks across the organization. Must be a people-person and a behind-the-scenes organizer ensuring things get done. The Community Engagement Coordinator should be someone who can adjust to evolving needs, able to pivot as they arise, and must be able to relate to and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including those of diverse races, income levels, ages, religions, ethnicities, and more. The position will report directly to the Development & Marketing Director.

Primary Responsibilities:
Events & Volunteer Support  

  • Responsible for the planning, production, and all other logistics of events from setup to breakdown, including coordinating catering and bar services, arranging for deliveries, processing invoices, staffing the event, and assist with vendors as needed.
  • Supervise and implement the mailing and distribution of printed and digital materials, and track RSVPs.
  • Develop partnerships with aligned community organizations.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for volunteers.
  • Represent the interest of volunteers and interns within TFP, be point person for information.
  • Provide on-site support and manage TFP events (fundraisers, volunteer events, etc.)
  • Conduct volunteer needs assessment in coordination with other staff and key volunteers in each of the initiative areas.
  • Develop entry level roles for volunteers within all initiatives.
  • Develop/maintain descriptions for all roles for volunteers and interns.
  • Research strategies for volunteer recruitment.
  • Develop training materials and schedule. 
  • Conduct trainings/recruit volunteer trainers.
  • Schedule volunteers and interns to fill the needs of TFP and member food pantries.
  • Evaluate volunteers, give critical feedback as necessary.
  • Collect and respond to feedback from volunteers, interns, and community partners.
  • Promote volunteer recognition within TFP; create and schedule volunteer appreciation opportunities and events.
  • Assist with management of the volunteer database (we use Neon).
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people.
  • Works together closely with staff and Board. 
  • Attend weekly staff and regular team meetings and perform other support duties as assigned.
  • Experience working events and with volunteers preferred.


Social Media & Marketing

  • Supervise social media presence.
  • Create compelling content and implement a strategy to increase followers and community engagement across various platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  • Ensure active and consistent engagement with our online community via proactive scheduling and tracking of weekly content on our communications calendars.
  • Assist with marketing and promotion of community events through multiple channels (creating registration pages, promotional materials and media posts, distributing flyers, posting on community calendars, making outreach to key contacts, etc.)
  • Assist with updating TFP’s online marketing presence across various sites.
  • Research and vet educational articles around various topics pertaining to food insecurity to post on social media.
  • Research and connect with potential collaborative partners for media opportunities: blogs, podcasts, articles, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and nonverbal)
  • Computer skills including social media platforms, Microsoft Office suite and Google Apps. Constant Contact and Neon or other CRM experience a plus.
  • All other duties as assigned


Working Conditions

  • Position can be physically demanding—employee must have the ability to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Position may require employee to sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Position may require exposure to the elements: rain, snow, wind, etc.
  • Position is full-time. 
  • Must have a valid NYS driver’s license.


Salary range: $35-45K

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to pantries@thefoodpantries.org. Please no phone calls.


The Food Pantries of the Capital District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Job Title: Delivery person/truck driver, 35 hours, Non-CDL

Reports To: Program Operations Manager


Position ​Summary:

Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc. (The Food Pantries), is seeking a delivery person. Must be able to drive a 26’ Box Truck. Must provide excellent customer support to pantry and community members. This position regularly cross-trains on the three food delivery programs and fills-in for those programs when needed. The position involves the pick- up and delivery of food orders and donated items to our member pantries as well as the pick-up and delivery of food from our member food pantries to community member homes. Coordination, scheduling and administrative work associated with delivery service.


About The Food Pantries:

We are a coalition of food pantries working together, in a spirit of cooperation, to do together what no one of us could do alone. Our mission is to serve hungry people in the Capital District through our member food pantries. We support our pantries by purchasing, collecting and delivering food. We provide a forum for networking, coordination of services, education and training. For more information about The Food Pantries visit www.thefoodpantries.org


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Learn the three delivery programs by rotating shifts with the other drivers:
    • Food Express – The pickup and delivery of food orders from the local food bank to the member pantries.
    • Food Shuttle – The pickup and delivery of donated bread, produce, and donations from a variety of donors to the member pantries.
    • Home Deliveries – The pickup and delivery of food packages from member pantries to community members.
  • Pick up and deliver up to 16,000 pounds of food and/or other products across the Capital Region daily. Timeliness and organization are essential.
  • Pick up food packages from member pantries and deliver to community member addresses while maintaining social distance guidelines. • Coordinate with our Program Operations Coordinator and team of drivers regarding day to day details.
  • Maintain a neat vehicle and report vehicle issues or needs to the Program Coordinator or Program Director.
  • Communicate pickup and delivery information with staff, donors and members
  • Other duties as requested


Working Conditions

Position is physically demanding including climbing in and out of vehicle and continual moving and lifting of heavy objects. Must be able to bend and lift up to 60 pounds. Will practice safe lifting techniques.


Position will require employee to sit and stand for long periods of time

Position will require exposure to the elements: rain, snow, wind, etc.


Job Qualifications:

  • Practice safe driving and defensive driving techniques.
  • Drive a wide range of vehicles from a mini-van to a box truck with a maximum weight of 16,000 pounds.
  • Have driving experience and familiarity with the Capital Region.
  • Must have a clean NYS Driver’s License


Other Information:


Position Time: At least 35 hours, delivery schedule may vary


Rate of Pay: Starting at $17 - $19/hr


Benefits: Company-covered health, vision and dental benefits (for the employee) available upon completion of a probationary period.


To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to pantries@thefoodpantries.org Position open until filled.


The Food Pantries of the Capital District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.