Join the Food Shelf Team as an Emergency Program Assistant!

Emergency Program Assistant

The White Bear Area Food Shelf (WBAFS) has served as a critical resource for families experiencing food insecurity since 1977. Our mission is to provide food and support to our neighbors in need in partnership with the communities of the White Bear Area. Over the past four decades, the organization has grown and improved its traditional food shelf programming in addition to creating new and innovative services to better meet the needs of families struggling to make ends meet. Our vision is to end food insecurity in the White Bear Area.


The Emergency Program Assistant provides support and assistance to the Food Shelf’s onsite and mobile programs during a crucial time due to COVID-19. This role will experience a diverse array of experiences across many of the Food Shelf programs.


Part-time, Non-Exempt (20-25 hours), Temporary (February thru September)


Mobile Markets, Curbside Pickup Program, Warehouse


  • Greet neighbors, volunteers, and our community with compassion, kindness, and a smile
  • Assist the Mobile Market Coordinator with Mobile Markets and Free Farmers Markets
  • Guide and lead a variety of volunteer groups
  • Accept and stock shelves with donations and food deliveries
  • Organize warehouse and market freezer, refrigerators, and shelves
  • Help pre-pack food bags for special programs and deliveries


Flexible schedule required. Typically Tuesday-Thursday | One to two evenings a week



  • Strong commitment to the mission of the White Bear Area Food Shelf in our drive to provide healthy, choice-based experiences for all neighbors struggling with food insecurity
  • A team player that embodies three virtues: humility, hunger, and people smarts
  • Capacity to meet the daily challenges of a physically demanding position (e.g. repeated lifting of over 50 pounds, on your feet majority of the day, pallet jack operation, maneuvering of heavily loaded carts)
  • Dynamic individual who thrives in high-energy settings that call for flexibility and on-your-feet problem solving
  • Person of high integrity who can successfully communicate and receive ideas, questions, and challenges in a highly team-based work environment
  • Enjoys working with many types of people and serving a diverse community
  • Strong work ethic, takes initiative, self-directed
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Work includes operating in all kinds of weather
  • One to two years of nonprofit, warehouse, grocery store, or retail experience preferred
  • Bilingual – English and Spanish preferred


High school, GED, or equivalent diploma




Submit resume and cover letter to Perry Petersen, Executive Director at by February 19, 2021.

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