The Assistant Manager of Youth Food Programs will work as part of a cross functional team that is working to develop, implement and manage programs aimed at alleviating hunger among youth in Cook County.
In Cook County, youth are among the most vulnerable to food insecurity. 1 in 5 youth in Cook County do not know when or from where their next meal will come from. Hunger amongst youth has long-lasting effects—increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches, and colds, and the number of youth in Illinois who qualify for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program has been on the rise. In response to the need, the Food Depository collaborates with area schools, after-school programs, and summer programs to provide food for youth.
The Food Depository currently serves youth through over 35 Healthy Kids Market school-based pantries, over 60 Kids Cafe after-school meals program sites and over 270 summer meals program sites, including the Lunch Bus mobile summer feeding initiative.