The Family Nutrition Program is a grant funded program by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education to help limited-income families and youth acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to improve their diets with better nutrition. Extension Program Assistants with this grant in DeSoto County will teach general nutrition to groups of low-income families and youth; travel to teaching sites within DeSoto and Hardee Counties required; occasional out-of-county travel may be required; collect demographic and impact data for evaluation; and learn through on-the-job training skills and information related to teaching nutrition to low-income audiences.
Participates in on-going recruitment of audience for nutrition education classes for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education. Teaches nutrition education classes to low income participants at various community and government sites. Sites include schools, parks and recreation departments, churches, health departments, and other locations. Lifting and carrying teaching materials and/or supplies up to 40 lbs. May require standing, stooping, pushing and/or pulling. May require standing for prolonged periods of time both indoors and/or working outside to perform teaching lessons. Some classes are one-time, but most are in-depth, requiring a minimum of six lessons for each group of participants. Collects demographic data on clients served. Evaluates knowledge gained and behavioral changes through approved evaluation tools. Refers participants to government and local agencies for assistance, such as food stamps, commodities, etc. Markets the program through health fairs and other locations where a booth or display is appropriate. Works in coordination with appropriate agency staff to ensure the delivery of quality services to the FNP clients.
Plans and prepares nutrition education lessons. Continues to improve knowledge of subject matter and teaching methods.
Develops and improves knowledge of food and nutrition subject matter, becomes more proficient in determining client needs, understands various methods of reaching and teaching the clientele, and develops proficiency in using the FNP teaching materials via participation in orientation training, continuous on-the job training, and self-study. Continuous on-the job training is presented by the supervisor on a bi-weekly basis.
Stays within assigned travel allocation while traveling to assigned teaching sites from the official headquarters. Travel is by means of a personal vehicle, for which mileage will be reimbursed monthly at the current state rate. Occasional out-of-county travel may be required.
Maintains accurate records and reports on clients and personnel requirements. Submits reports on time for Supervisor or other designee. Works with agency staff in utilizing records, reports, and other resources to assist in program implementation and in evaluating program impact. Should be comfortable using Microsoft Office Software.
Frequent contact with community agencies and SNAP clientele.
Must achieve and maintain food safety certification (ServSafe or SafeStaff) by end of six months.
This position is headquartered in DeSoto county and serves also serves Hardee County.
Normal Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8-5. May require frequent night and weekend hours due to the nature of the program.