South Plains Hunger Solutions About Us

The South Plains Hunger Solution Coalition is a group of diverse organizations and community leaders working together to ensure that all South Plains residents to have access to healthy food. The South Plains Hunger Solution Coalition is a community led group who works in partnership with the Texas Hunger Initiative regional office – a branch of the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty – to address issues of food insecurity and poverty within the region.

The South Plains Hunger Solution Coalition is comprised of four distinct teams – Hunger & Horticulture, Child Hunger, Senior Hunger and Double Up Food Bucks. Each team focuses on addressing food insecurity and poverty through their unique perspective. For more information about the coalition or about individual teams please contact us at southplainshungersolutions@gmail.com

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OPEN POSITION

Job Title:                        Part Time Outreach Coordinator 

Organization:             Double Up Food Bucks Lubbock

                                                (part of South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition and the Fair Food Network)  

Reports To:               South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition

Hours of Work:        Approximately 60 hours per month/ 15 hours per week

Salary/Funding:       $25.00 per hour – Grant funded (1-year cycle)

Location:                   Lubbock, Texas

Position Summary:

The coordinator’s primary responsibility is for training and supporting farmers markets and grocery store sites on Double Up Food Bucks implementation and building partnerships that support Double Up Food Bucks awareness and usage among SNAP participants in the Texas panhandle. This work will occur in consultation with and supervision from the South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the primary point of contact for participating retail sites (farmers market & grocery) with questions about implementation of Double Up
  • Ensure annual and/or seasonal grant agreements are in place as needed
  • Visit retailers as necessary for successful implementation
  • Convene and promote in-person training for new Double Up retail sites as needed
  • Help retailers successfully access their transaction data reporting site, set reporting due dates and monitor monthly market reporting during program implementation to ensure data required for USDA and funder evaluation commitments is available on time;
  • Provide individual follow-up and support for retailers with overdue, inaccurate, or incomplete monthly reports
  • Assist with the use of social media to promote all participating regional markets/retail outlets
  • Work with Double Up locations to ensure use of program marketing materials
  • Serve as the chair of the Double Up Food Bucks Team on the South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition and provide updates, feedback and information on Double Up efforts
  • Serve as a member of the South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition governing body (Steering Committee) to help guide food insecurity responses in the community

Educational Requirements: High School Diploma or GED

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working with low income communities an ability to communicate FFN’s and THI’s commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Commitment to FFN’s and THI’s vision and mission and ability to discuss mission alignment
  • Strong organizational, analytical and administrative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to speak authentically about the program in front of large groups and in one-on-one settings, with and to participants, partners and volunteers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership building a collaborative and positive team culture
  • Ability to work proactively, managing multiple priorities, problem solve and workflow independently
  • Experience in or working knowledge of food system issues preferred, but not required 

Additional Details:  

This position is a part-time position scheduled to begin in May 2020. This position is grant supported which means it is funded for the duration of the grant cycle but may or may not be renewed or extended depending on the funding organization. The current grant cycle ends June 2021.

This position will not allow for more than 60 hours per calendar month, per the terms of the grant. Schedule will be determined weekly based on needs and job duties and responsibilities.

As a part time position this position does not qualify for any medical benefits or retirement.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume/vitae and cover letter addressed to:

South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition

Double Up Selection Committee

500 E 50th Street

Lubbock, Texas 79404

Via email to southplainshungersolutions@gmail.com

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

In light of ongoing changes related to COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution for all of our partners, stakeholders and friends, the South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition has decided to postpone our 2020 South Plains Hunger Summit scheduled for April 23, 2020. We are making plans to host our event later in the year and look forward to seeing each of you then. In the interim we are hopeful to provide online content to continue our discussions about the work being done in the South Plains and we encourage you to stay engaged and informed.

The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty has launched a website dedicated to information regarding school meals for students displaced from their campuses due to school closures and we encourage you to forward it to anyone you feel may benefit from it. The website can be found at: https://www.covid19txfoodresources.org/

This is a new and uncharted experience for everyone and we know that fear and uncertainty are rampant. However, we also recognize that hunger does not ever cease and more importantly, in cases such as these has the potential to become much worse. The South Plains Hunger Solutions Coalition and the Texas Hunger Initiative are committed to continuing our work to feed our communities and ensure access to resources for anyone who needs them. To that end both organizations are participating in conversations with other businesses and organizations in our community who are also focused on addressing hunger and health. As we have more information we will share it through this website and via email updates. If you would like to be added to our email list serve please send an email to Dr. Heather Martinez at heather_martinez1@baylor.edu. If you need assistance or information please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you in any way we can.

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and we wish you safety, health and peace.

Upcoming Meetings

There are no meeting scheduled at this time. 

Questions? Contact Us!