Assistant Manager of Youth Food Programs

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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.  


  • Supervise Program Coordinators and Program Assistants (AmeriCorps members)
  • Support the Senior Manager of Youth and Adult Food Programs by supervising and actively assisting in the day to day operations and administrative coordination of programs to ensure accuracy and process efficiency
  • Supervise the on-going customer service and technical assistance support for program partners
  • Support the development and training of program site partners to ensure all program partners are operating in accordance with the organization’s food service standards and USDA/ISBE guidelines where applicable
  • Work to expand awareness of existing programs through coordinating targeted community outreach efforts
  • Support the on-going evaluation of program partners and develop appropriate responses to their needs
  • Assist with the development and onboarding of new program innovations
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of programs for youth at the Food Depository and Cook County and stay up-to-date on the latest developments including researching best practices as they relate to innovative food assistance for vulnerable populations


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years of relevant experience preferred
  • Experience with federal nutrition programs preferred (SFSP and CACFP), but not required
  • Must be comfortable working with diverse populations in various neighborhoods throughout Cook County
  • Exceptional communication and positive influencing skills, verbal and written presentation skills
  • The ability to multi-task, provide prompt follow- up, work under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate, take direction, and execute
  • Ability to coach and develop staff
  • Strong organizational skills with high level of proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Local travel and personal transportation required with valid license and insurance


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