West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Our Model

West Side Campaign Against Hunger changes our perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions.

Our Mission

West Side Campaign Against Hunger alleviates hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services.

How We Are Different

Respect for our customers is central to success. In 1993, we reorganized into a customer-choice, supermarket style food pantry. We respect our clients by letting them choose the food they need for themselves and their families.

In keeping with our principles, we have functioned as a cooperative system since day one. The majority of our volunteers are customers themselves, which emphasizes the strength-based approach of our services. Customer volunteers are involved in all aspects of West Side Campaign Against Hunger, including representatives serving on our board.

Between 1993 and 2013, we have been able to increase food distribution by 747%, reduce costs per meal from 80 cents to 55 cents, and improve food quality with fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ markets and organic farms.

Jun 10, 2019
Job Title: Pantry and Janitorial Assistant Status:  Part-Time, Non-Exempt Reports to: Food Operations Manager Description: West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH)  established in 1979 and now one of the largest and most successful food pantries in New York City providing emergency food assistance and support services, including access to benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to low-income New York families. We operate food pantry services in Northern Manhattan. Our program provides more than 1.5 million pounds of food to over 20,000 individuals annually.  We also delivery food and social services to customers in Upper Manhattan and some communities in the Bronx in collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations, community health centers, senior centers and faith-based institutions. JOB DESCRIPTION:   We are seeking a part-time (up to 25 hours per week), highly motivated individual to support the day-to-day operations at our headquarter location and at our warehouse located in the Bronx. Duties include but not limited to vehicle operation and maintenance, daily food inventory and procurement, receiving and stocking food and janitorial and program support. S/he will be open to a flexible schedule, working in multiple locations with varying responsibilities depending on need.   The Pantry and Janitorial Assistant must be willing to travel to sites located in the Bronx, Northern Manhattan, Central Harlem, and the UWS. S/he will work in coordination with our food distribution teams to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program. Major Areas of Responsibility: Pantry Duties: Prepare food distribution/ pantry sites for opening or closing, includes lifting of heavy boxes, and cleaning Monitor inventory of food supply and support service delivery to Support food rescue efforts Receive and organize deliveries,  inventory and stock rotations (first in first out by date) Stock shelves/baskets and display food in an appealing way and in groups, with signs to indicate point allocation Support Mobile Market operations on a needed basis Monitor function of equipment and alert supervisor to any problems Ensure customer satisfaction by providing food distribution in a respectful and dignified manner Maintain the sanitation and cleanliness pantry, food storage areas and any equipment in accordance with New York City and State health codes Establish and maintain positive relationships with co-workers and others; willingly assist co-workers when necessary; a strong team player Maintain a professional demeanor to represent the organization Janitorial Duties: Maintain sanitation and cleanliness of  social hall, storage closets, offices, restrooms and other areas as defined by supervisor Clean floors by sweeping, mopping or vacuuming them. Service, clean and supply restrooms. Tie up and remove cardboard as needed Set up, arrange and remove tables and chairs for social hall daily services. Move equipment and supplies either manually or by using the hand trucks. Clean all tables and any office when needed Manage Garbage Disposal in accordance with Sanitation Department schedule and recycling regulations. Maintain cleanliness and emptying of all trash cans Requirements: Bilingual in English and Spanish Valid driver's license with a clean driving record and ability to operate a large vehicle (prefered) Must have some truck driving experience Willingness to work across Bronx and Manhattan Ability to take direction and feedback Strong customer service and conflict avoidance/resolution skills Strong interpersonal skills; excellent communication and problem solving skills Flexible and willingness to support pantry and janitorial duties as needed Team Player Must be able to regularly lift a minimum of 50 lbs. of weight, but no employee shall be required to lift, transport or otherwise handle materials or objects with a per unit weight greater than fifty (50) pounds unless the Employer provides an appropriate lifting/transporting/handling device(s). Must be able to work outside. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Erika Freund, Director of Strategic Initiatives:  efreund@wscah.org
West Side Campaign Against Hunger 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY, USA Part time