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This position coordinates the WV Rural Grocer Network (WVRGN) program which aims to increase the sustainability and viability of independently-owned and operated grocery stores and retailers in order to strengthen the state’s food economy while increasing healthy food access. This is achieved through 1) tailored technical assistance and business coaching, 2) access to lease vital equipment through the Revolving Equipment Fund, 3) mentoring and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and 4) the development of culturally appropriate Placemaking activities that tie into participant’s community’s history and current ecotourism efforts.
This position holds three major functions: 1) work with potential sites to enroll them in the SNAP Stretch program by shepherding them through the necessary certifications; 2) provide support and technical assistance with the sites to implement SNAP Stretch in their farmers market, on-farm stands, CSA, mobile market, and retail facility; and, 3) to weekly collect firm reports, check reports for errors, communicate payment details, and report data to the federal evaluation reporting system while ensuring federal policies are being met for both USDA NIFA/FNS SNAP.
The position will have two main focuses:
Legislative policy coordination (50% of the time) - The position will work with constituents to develop a platform of agriculture-related and food/nutrition security-oriented policy issues. This will involve hosting forums, webinars, and roundtable discussions, as well as researching issues and drafting relevant bill/rule language. The position will also work with policy makers to advance policy priorities and coordinate Food for All, a working group of food/nutrition security advocates that meets bi-monthly.
Communications (50% of the time) - The position will work with staff to develop and execute communications strategies, writing op-eds, social media posts, and programmatic one-pagers. Tools like Levitate and Canva Pro will be utilized. The position will also maintain all of the Coalition's web pages hosted on Wix.