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At Food Literacy Center, we inspire kids to eat their vegetables.

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At Food Literacy Center, we inspire kids to eat their vegetables. Food Literacy Center came to life in July 2011 to fill a critical gap: to help individuals improve their knowledge, attitude, and behavior towards real food. Partnering with afterschool programs, we teach food literacy education to 1,200 (and growing!) K-6th graders in low-income schools, using fun, approachable lessons teaching kids to cook, about nutrition, and where their food comes from. Our kids become food adventurers!  

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Garden & Cooking Educator
Garden & Cooking Educator Job Description

About this peachy position:
This exciting role at Food Literacy Center will support our cooking school and student garden/farm at Leataata Floyd Elementary School serving 300 students a year. The Garden & Cooking Educator role is a hands-on, get your hands dirty (literally!) role designed to ensure we can provide services to our community each week. This role reports directly to the Program Manager. This role is an exciting opportunity for a results-oriented and energetic professional with a passion for inspiring kids to eat their vegetables. 

Here’s what you’ll do as the Garden & Cooking Educator:

  • Provide direct program support in the garden and cooking school.
  • Follow curriculum and instruct garden and cooking classes.
  • Assist in the implementation and collection of evaluation data. 
  • Assist in the scheduling and communication of school staff and afterschool programs.
  • Provide appropriate training in food safety and PPE. 
  • Provide cooking school instruction and other direct service support as needed.
  • Assist with other events and program logistics as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Other things to know:
We offer a unique, healthy work culture that celebrates teamwork and vegetable eating!

  • This is an at-will, non-exempt, full-time, on-site position. Compensation starts at $19 per hour during 2024.
  • Given that we are a start-up nonprofit in growth mode, a flexible schedule is necessary. This position works a Monday to Friday schedule and does require some evenings and weekends.
  • You’ll need to be able to lift 50 lbs of food supplies. 
  • This position requires you to travel throughout Sacramento, so a California driver’s’ license is required
  • We love our veggies, so a vegetable costume may be worn on occasion!
  • Because food literacy is at our core, we require all employees to successfully complete Food Literacy Academy certification and become a certified food handler. Food Literacy Center will pay for and provide the resources necessary to certify you in these areas.
  • Additionally, you must pass a Department of Justice background check and have a negative TB test.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

Ready to apply? Great!
Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining the unique value you will bring to our organization to, subject: Garden & Cooking Educator. This position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please.

Why Our Work Matters

  • Despite being America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento has a 40% childhood obesity rate, and many students and families live in food deserts.
  • Obesity disproportionately affects low-income and minority children.
  • Obesity is now regarded as more damaging than smoking or drinking.
  • Being overweight can negatively impact a child’s self-esteem, behavior, friendships, and academic performance.
  • All of these problems are preventable–if we eat our vegetables. But we have two generations of Americans who do not know how. That’s where we come in.

Our Leadership & Team

CEO & Chief Food Genius, Amber Stott, is joined by a stellar team of staff, and community volunteers who make up the center’s board, volunteer committees, and support system. As a growing team, we’ve combined their creative ideas, expertise, and energy around food, health, and social change to be a catalyst for change in the community.

Program Recognition

Food Literacy Center holds a Slow Food Snail of Approval, the Green Apple Project Innovation Award from Sacramento City Unified School District, was named Innovator in early childhood health interventions two years in a row by the Department of Public Health, and passed a statewide resolution that declares the month of September as Food Literacy Month in the state of California.

We believe food literacy matters. Learn more about us here. 

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