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The Nashville Food Project

Food Access Coordinator

The Nashville Food Project


Job Summary

The Nashville Food Project Mission Statement
Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.

Food Access Coordinator Position Summary
The Food Access Coordinator is an integral member of the Share Team; developing quality community relationships in order to link food with exploited communities. This position works closely with the Director of Food Access and Chef Director to ensure food prepared by our meals team is safe, meets program requirements, and delivered efficiently to our partners.

The Nashville Food Project does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin.

Job Responsibilities


Partner Relations
● Help support healthy and thriving partnerships with contacts at each partner site and act
as the representative of TNFP for these partners in day to day situations, acting respectfully and welcoming to all partners.
● Conduct annual, pre-partnership, and as-needed site visits to confirm partner facilities meet food safety requirements, check in with partner representatives, and monitor CACFP/SFSP compliance.
● Support partners with education on safe food handling, and support annual CACFP/SFSP training with representatives from sites sponsored by The Nashville Food Project.

Food Distribution
● Collaborate with the Director of Food Access to develop, manage and execute effective food delivery routes, modifying as needed according to the current calendar, arriving within confirmed delivery windows for each site, according to protocols detailed in partnership agreements.
● Recruit, train, schedule, and manage Distribution Assistants with support from the Director of Food Access, ensuring consistency in traffic safety, food sanitation and delivery effectiveness.

● Maintain open communication and collaborate with TNFP kitchen, procurement and garden teams to ensure effective distribution of food matched to the needs of each community site.
● Pilot new food delivery methods as needed based on community feedback and growth of TNFP’s programs.
● Ensure cambros and other equipment are clean and in working order and maintain needed supplies on all TNFP delivery vehicles.
● Act as the last set of eyes on all food leaving the kitchens, confirming that the highest standards of food quality are met and that all meals are properly labeled according to partnership agreements.
● Manage all volunteer food delivery opportunities, including regular communication with volunteers, recruiting and training new volunteers in collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager. On occasion/as needed, serve as primary driver for meals delivered and served by TNFP volunteers.

● Work as part of a collaborative food access team.
● Support accurate record keeping for all partnerships, including site delivery details and record of problems encountered during deliveries.
● Maintain accurate delivery ticket system and support record-keeping required for CACFP/SFSP reimbursement.
● This position is fully dedicated to supporting The Nashville Food Project’s meals & food access programming. Hours dedicated to CACFP and SFSP meal programming will be based on the percentage of total meals that are eligible for reimbursement.
● Manage an internal calendar for scheduling TNFP’s food delivery vehicles and partnership updates.
● Support Operations Manager in ensuring proper maintenance and service schedules for meals program vehicles.
● Attend weekly organizational meetings as appropriate, including engaging on staff teams as a part of the larger TNFP staff.
● Work closely with Directors and team to monitor budget, strategic plan and work plan for the food access program.
● Ensure the accurate reporting and submission of all contract labor timesheets.
● Collaborate with the Chef Director to address menu accuracy, meal quality and allergy concerns from meal sites.
● Supervise the work of intern(s), volunteers and onsite contract labor as needed.


● Valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
● Ability to consistently lift and move up to 50 pounds and ability to navigate stairs.

● Successfully complete ServSafe certification within 90 days of employment.
● Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with diverse communities including nonprofits, volunteers and the general public.
● Cooperative work ethic and a positive attitude; hard-working, conscientious, communicative and responsible.
● Well organized with attention to detail, record keeping and time management skills.
● Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
● Ability to manage multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment.
● Respect for diversity.
● Excellent written, oral and electronic communication skills.
● Ability to effectively solve problems, make decisions and take action, exercising solid independent judgment.

Additional Information


This is a full-time non-exempt hourly position of 32 hours per week that reports to the Director of Food Access. Required hours are Monday through Friday. Weekend and evening hours may be required on occasion as job duties demand.

This position supervises contract Distribution Assistants. Compensation rate is $17 per hour. The Nashville Food Project also offers a competitive benefits package for full time employees including:
● 75% Employer paid health insurance, and voluntary dental and vision insurance options
● Employer paid term-life and AD&D insurance, and long-term disability insurance coverage
● Employee Assistance Program
● Cell phone stipend
● Nine paid holidays plus two floating holidays
● Paid Time Off (PTO) program
● Parental leave

How to Apply

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to elke@thenashvillefoodproject.org by Friday, April 16th.


  • Date Posted: March 19, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Salary Range: $17/hr