Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

Fall Fellowship Description

Anti-hunger Education, Engagement, and Advocacy Assistant – Fall (8-12 hours per week)

Many of the federal nutrition program flexibilities and added benefits established in response to the COVID-19 crisis have an uncertain future after September 30 (the end of the federal fiscal year). One of the Coalition’s challenges this fall will be communicating with program participants to both keep them informed of changes and help them access nutrition supports for which they are eligible. In addition, advocacy will be needed at the federal and state levels to improve programs benefits and simplify access for those in need. The Anti-hunger Education, Engagement, and Advocacy Assistant will work with the Policy Director and Community Educator to support this work through a range of assignments. He/she may create and translate informational materials, such as fact sheets, videos, and social media posts one week, and perform outreach (remote) to engage partner agencies, individuals impacted by hunger, and supporters the next. This position will include attending relevant meetings with national, state, and local partner organizations as the student’s schedule allows. The Coalition will provide an orientation to our work, including SNAP and Food Insecurity trainings. Preference is for a bilingual student, and skill/familiarity with Canva would be helpful.

Summer Fellowship Description

Founded in 1996, The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (GPCAH) strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education, provides resources to a network of food pantries, and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.



SNAP Hotline and Summer Meals Outreach Fellow (Philly)

The Hotline and Outreach Assistant will take incoming calls on the SNAP (food stamp) program; complete pre-screenings to see if clients are eligible for benefits; refer clients to food resources (such as food pantries); respond to general inquiries about SNAP and other food resources; place targeted calls to food pantries, soup kitchens, and/or summer meals sponsors and sites to update information with regard to their hours and services. The Fellow will also field summer meals phone inquiries; assist with preparation of data required to support our online summer meals map; and, have opportunities for summer meals outreach (supervised by a Coalition staffer). The fellowship will include attending relevant meetings with partner organizations, and may involve an incidental amount of other office duties to support the Coalition’s broader work as needed. 

 

Anti-hunger Education, Engagement, and Advocacy Fellow (Philly)

The Fox Fellow for Anti-hunger Education, Engagement, and Advocacy will work with the Policy Director and Community Educator to: a) create informational materials, such as PowerPoints, graphics, and/or social media posts (skill/familiarity with Canva and creation of info-graphics would be helpful); b) create county and legislative district specific materials to educate elected officials and constituents about hunger; and c) perform outreach to engage partner agency staff, supporters, and individuals impacted by hunger to engage them in advocacy. The fellowship will include attending relevant meetings with partner agencies, such as the Benefits Access Work Group (BAWG), convened by the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO). The position may involve some independent research and data manipulation (skill/familiarity with Excel would be helpful).

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Fellows involved with the Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger are directly involved in helping to tackle the issue of food insecurity in our local community. This fellowship has opened their eyes to how prevalent this issue is in Philadelphia.

How To Apply

Interested Penn undergraduate students should send an email to foxleadership@upenn.edu with a resume and a cover letter specifying your interest in one of the fellowships with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. Since two separate, distinctive fellowships are available, please specify which fellowship you are applying for in the subject line of your email. In the cover letter, please describe how this fellowship will help you explore a particular career path and/or develop a specific skill.

Applications for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger fellowships are due March 8.

Applicants should not contact the organizations directly. Please email foxleadership@upenn.edu with any questions regarding the fellowships.