Farmers Market Outreach


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Cause Areas

When

Fri Mar 31, 2017 - Tue Oct 31, 2017

Where

Potsdam Neighborhood Center and other locationsPotsdam, NY 13676


About

We are looking for outreach volunteers to help promote awareness and use of SNAP/EBT benefits at the Potsdam farmers market.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It was formerly known as food stamps. In 2017, shoppers at Potsdam farmers market can double their SNAP dollars through our Bonus Bucks program.

Our outreach volunteers will talk to visitors at the food pantries in Potsdam and Parishville, the Helping Hands freewill lunch in Hannawa Falls, and the two monthly freewill dinners in Potsdam. They will also visit housing projects, nursing homes, and other locations where people receiving SNAP are likely to be.

Volunteers will explain how the Bonus Bucks tokens work and encourage community members to visit the farmers market. They will ideally establish positive customer relationships which might include accompanying the customer around the market, helping him/her shop, and educating customers about how they might cook and prepare the produce in their homes. Volunteers will be under the direction of the GardenShare Volunteer Coordinator.

We are especially interested in working with volunteers who receive SNAP benefits themselves or who have received SNAP benefits in the past. Our goal is to establish a peer assistance network to promote this program to its full potential.

Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Nutrition
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • five hours+ a month depending on availability

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