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					                                   SNAP Outreach Worker
                                  Iowa Food Bank Association
                                        Waterloo, Iowa



About the Iowa Food Bank Association:

The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaborative effort of the eight food banks in Iowa
that serve all of its 99 counties. The mission of IFBA is to coordinate efforts to alleviate hunger
by supporting Feeding America food banks that serve Iowa.

About SNAP Outreach:

IFBA will begin to implement the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly
known as Food Stamps) Mobile Access Points Project in January of 2011. Mobile Access Points
consist of trained staff equipped with internet accessible netbooks at food pantries, emergency
meal sites and shelters throughout the state helping possibly eligible clients apply for state
programs via the Online Application for State of Iowa Services (OASIS) website. 75% of the
individuals accessing these emergency feeding sites are eligible for SNAP benefits, but 25% of
those individuals have not applied. This number will drastically increase as the eligibility
requirements for SNAP allow close to 26,000 new Iowans to be eligible for benefits. The SNAP
Outreach Coordinator will manage the efforts to ensure that individuals accessing emergency
food are aware of the benefits they may be eligible for and make gaining access to these benefits
easier.

Job Responsibilities

      Assist in scheduling and preparing Mobile Access Points with IFBA member food banks,
       community partners, outreach staff and volunteers.
      Assist clients at Mobile Access Points with completing SNAP applications and educate
       clients about the program and the follow-up needed to successfully enroll in the SNAP
       program.
      Provide screening and SNAP application assistance to individuals via phone and
       coordinate follow-up to ensure application is successfully completed.
      Develop in depth knowledge of SNAP policy and stay informed about SNAP policy and
       procedure changes.
      Track outreach activities as needed for program evaluation and reporting to funding
       agencies.
      Continue to develop new way to make access to SNAP benefits easier for hungry Iowans.
      Work nights and weekends as needed.
      Other duties as assigned.
Application Qualifications:
   Bachelor’s degree with a preferred background in social sciences, nutrition or other
      related fields.
   Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
   An interest in working with low-income and ethnically diverse populations.
   Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license.
   Willingness to work nights and weekends.
   Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Access and internet based tools.
   A bilingual applicant with experience working with non-profit community organizations
      and knowledge of hunger issues is preferred.
   Specific knowledge about SNAP is not required.

Working Conditions:
   Small start-up nonprofit.
   Frequent travel.
   Flexible schedule.
   Located at the IFBA office, IFBA member food bank or other community partner in the
     Waterloo or Des Moines area.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements no later than Friday, January 7,
2011.

jvernoy@feedingamerica.org

Iowa Food Bank Association
2101 Kimball Ave., Suite 1408
Waterloo, IA 50702

				
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