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Community Engagement Programs

Food Pantry Assistant

Tempe Community Action Agency

Mission

Tempe Community Action Agency provides stability and independence to working poor families, children, seniors, and the homeless through a variety of programs.  TCAA programs include: utility and more

Website

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About the Internship

Duties:

ASU interns serve TCAA in a variety of capacities to provide direct services to the clients who utilize our emergency resources with an emphasis on our Food Pantry. Depending on what the intern is interested in, we will be offering two different internship opportunities through our Food Pantry:

Focus on the Food Pantry and Community Development: The intern works closely with the Food Pantry Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator. Students will prepare and distribute emergency food boxes. The intern will also assist with setting up and coordinating new local community food drives, which includes working with the Community Outreach Coordinator to determine the highest need items and developing and distribute promotional material to new potential community partners. Students will interact directly with clients by assisting with distribution of food boxes and emergency bags as well as assisting at the intake desk to gain information from clients to determine the services they need during the regular pantry hours.

Focus on Food Pantry and Food Waste Reduction: The intern works closely with the Food Pantry coordinator, preparing and distributing emergency food boxes. Students will work closely with the fresh food donations that are donated to the food pantry to work to reduce food waste. This also includes assisting with developing material for and educating food pantry volunteers and clients about the impact of and tips to avoid excessive food waste. Students will interact directly with clients by assisting with distribution of food boxes and emergency bags. During volunteer shifts, the intern will be responsible for the compost portion of the food donations.

The Food Pantry is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - noon as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30p.m. Volunteer shifts begin an hour before Food Pantry hours of operation. 

Population Served:

TCAA provides services to working poor families, children, seniors, and the homeless.  The population we serve are very low income typically earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level. The Food Pantry distributes emergency food bags to the homeless as well as food boxes to families designed to last up to 2 weeks. In order to receive food from the Pantry, patrons need only prove Tempe residency by presenting a valid driver's license and a bill with the same name and Tempe address as the license. Residents may come up to twice a month. 

Community Need:

TCAA provides education, stability, and advocacy to working poor families, children, seniors, and the homeless. The internship tasks will focus around meeting the food insecurity community need. TCAA currently distributes over 320,000 lbs of food annually through our Food Pantry program. The I-HELP program provides emergency lodging to 35 homeless individuals, seven nights a week. The Escalante Community Garden offers a learning environment for children while providing fresh produce to the food pantry.

Community Impact:

You will have the opportunity to make a dramatic impact in the lives of those most in need. Over 50% of those who utilize the TCAA Food Pantry are children.  TCAA has seen a 24% increase in demand for emergency food boxes over the past 6 months.