Children's Programs Intern

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About You

The ideal Children’s Programs Intern for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank understands and is passionate about the organization’s mission to provide nutritious food and grocery products to those in need in our 16-county service area. This individual will be a vital component of the Food Bank staff in providing food to our partner agencies in the fight against hunger. This team member must demonstrate they are organized, detail-oriented and flexible to gain powerful experiences during this internship. The ability to work in a fast-paced and progressive environment will be a key to success in this role.


This individual will utilize clear communication and have team work characteristics, which will be critical for the development of strong relationships between coworkers and the community. Cultural competency is of utmost importance, as the Children’s Programs Intern will work with diverse populations regularly. The Children’s Programs Intern must possess a strong sense of initiative to continually improve their skills during their time at the Food Bank.


A passion for social justice and compassion for others are keys to being a staff member at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The Northeast Iowa Food Bank strives to work as a unified team to close the Meal Gap in northeast Iowa; to this end, the Children’s Programs Intern will need to be capable of working as a team as well as being a self-starter. In addition, maintaining a positive outlook will play a large role in being a motivator and encourager for the community, clients, and staff members alike.

About The Job

The responsibilities of the Children’s Program Intern include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist staff with daily meal preparation for our Kids Café program, including but not limited to the following; prepping and cooking meals, fill boxes with     cold/shelf stable items.
  • Research, prepare and lead nutrition education that can be shared with our partner agencies and presented as lessons at meal sites.

  • Ride along on delivery routes to our partner meal sites for daily meal deliveries to assist with operations, as well as engagement with our site coordinators to build better partnerships.
  • Assist in daily operations, including but not limited to the following: temperature and delivery documentation, meal counts, inventory.
  • Assist in conducting periodic site visits for all Children’s Programs.

  • Assist with other areas of the Food Bank to understand different functions within it.

  • Own a Children’s Programs project – create newsletter to help meal site staff understand the program and their impact on food insecure children and their families and/or develop outreach materials for Kids Café or School Pantry Promotion.

  • Perform other duties as assigned to meet the Food Banks needs.



  • High School Diploma
  • Currently attending secondary education where an internship is required
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Along with other office productivity tools, with aptitude to learn new software and systems
  • Culturally competent; have an ability to work with diverse groups and individuals
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Valid drivers license, safe driving record,current vehicle insurance and ability to use personal vehicle for OFB business
  • Ability to perform physical labor as necessary(stand/walk/move for long periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds, work with warehouse equipment)
  • Ability to work both as a team player and independently, checking in as appropriate



  • Previous culinary or nutrition experience
  • Ability to train on an automated pallet jack and other warehouse equipment


  • Community involvement and knowledge of those communities in our 16-county service area


Why work for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank?

  • The NEIFB culture is mission driven, fun, and collaborative.
  • The NEIFB is progressive and innovative in the non-profit field.
  • The NEIFB provides opportunity for training and growth across many levels.
  • The NEIFB is highly respected and supported by the community.
  • The NEIFB displays strong leadership with short, mid, and long-term goals.
  • Management values the ideas and opinions of all team members.
  • “An engaging and diverse mix of experiences, ages, and talents within the employee base.” – NEIFB employee
  • “A very friendly work atmosphere.” – NEIFB employee

NEIFB Bank Core Values – A.C.C.E.S.S.                                          

A - Attitude of Helpfulness                                                                

C- Confidently Humble                                                                        

C- Clear Communication

E- Empathetic to the Community                                                    

S- Solution Centered                                                                            

S- Striving for Excellence

NEIFB Core Focus

Our Purpose:

Collaborate + Educate + Advocate=Feed the Food Insecure

Our Niche: 

Every Meal. Every Day.  Everyone.


Northeast Iowa Food Bank hereby affirms it is an equal opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender expression or identity, pregnancy, leave status, genetic information or age and provides Equal Employment Opportunity to handicapped individuals, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. Further, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider.

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