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Food Sourcing Developer

Company: Channel One Regional Food Bank
Location: Rochester
Posted on: September 8, 2019

Job Description:

About the Organization:The mission of the Channel One Regional Food Bank is to work in partnership with others to help feed people in need. Channel One Regional Food Bank’s team is dedicated to building community awareness and creating an efficient food distribution network to help alleviate hunger in Channel One’s 14-county service region. The Food Bank procures, sorts, inspects, processes, repackages and distributes over 10 million pounds of donated, purchased, and government commodity food products and produce to hungry people through a network of 165 community- and faith-based non-profit agencies that feed people in need throughout 14 counties. Channel One Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Minnesota Cluster of Food Banks, Feeding Wisconsin State Food Bank Association, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota . In addition, Channel One operates several direct to client food assistance distribution programs, including the Supplemental Food Shelf, Backpack Program, CSFP senior boxes, and mobile pantries. Classification:                 Full-time, ExemptReports to:                     Operations DirectorJob Function:                 Food Procurement & Acquisition POSITION SUMMARY The Food Sourcing position is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a food sourcing strategy that will secure food for all programs of Channel One Regional Food Bank. This will involve building, maintaining, and fostering relationships with all aspects of the food industry, entailing significant contact with vendors, brokers, manufacturers, produce growers, distributors and retailers to improve the capacity of Channel One and its member agencies to distribute food to people in need.In addition, this position is responsible for insuring that Channel One Regional Food Bank, in its work with food vendors, donors and partner programs, operates in compliance with Feeding America guidelines and all contract requirements. Essential Duties and Accountabilities Together with the Operations Director, formulate strategy and develop an annual work plan for food acquisition based on strategic planning; including donor recognition activities, performance metrics, and annual outcomes/goals.Conduct donor research, cultivation, and ongoing stewardship of new food donors throughout Channel One Regional Food Bank region.Provide regular contact and foster relationships with current food donors with the goal of receiving more pounds per donation and more frequent donations.Maintain and build upon relationships with food industry partners, production staff, business community members, and vendors, including face-to-face networking, in-person visits, meetings, presentations and facility tours.Maintain a portfolio of current, lapsed and prospective donors and respond timely to inquiries.Efficiently handle customer calls and donor correspondence.Assist Operations Director with purchased product program, adhering to all company processes, policies and timelines.Create and maintain a system to track donations weekly by current donors, return of lapsed donors, and prospects cultivated into donors and by product categories.Coordinate the Retail Store Donation Program, including but not limited to coordinating with Retail Store Drivers, Store Managers and Receiving Clerks and resolving any grievances and service issues that may arise.Coordinate Direct Retail Pick-Up Program processes for new agencies and participating retailers, including entering and tracking product donations that agencies pick up (i.e., Walmart, Target, Kwik Trip, etc.) from door sheets and local pickup logs into Navision.Manage Farm to Food Shelf program, including coordination with area farmers, tracking donations, preparing donor receipts and handling invoices.Generate and mail receipt letters for food donors .Prepare and provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required or assigned.Work with Development team to develop consistent strategies for donor recognition efforts, including regular thank you letters and yearly recognition awards.Solicit non-food donations or in-kind services, such as trucking, equipment and storage when appropriate or requested.Provide oversight, communication and tracking/reporting for product recall program.Work in close cooperation with operations and warehouse staff to coordinate timely pick-up, delivery and receipting of donated product.Work with operations and other staff to coordinate "value-added"/food repack projects and other collaborations.Coordinate gleaning efforts with local and area farmers and produce vendors, alerting Community Engagement Coordinator of volunteer needs, and providing direction and supervision of glean team volunteers and staff. Work with local farmers' market staff, volunteers, and vendors to secure seasonal produce donations.Provide advice to Operations Director on broader product procurement strategies, and supporting departmental processes, handling food drive or retail store requests, and assisting with procurement of in-kind services as needed. Benefits include health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); generous PTO (vacation, sick, holidays)

Keywords: Channel One Regional Food Bank, Rochester , Food Sourcing Developer, Other , Rochester, Minnesota

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