Volunteer

Seacoast Eat Local is a volunteer-based non-profit organization, and our work is made possible by passionate volunteers in the Seacoast. With diverse people offering their time and talents, we’re able to connect consumers with farmers and keep local food a vibrant aspect of Seacoast life.

Our volunteer opportunities include staffing info tables at community events, helping farmers unload at our winter markets, assisting in data collection for Seacoast Harvest, working with our SNAP/EBT & Debit program at farmers’ markets, and creating interest around many local food events. We notice that our volunteers are inspired to help for different reasons… they may buy local food for environmental reasons, or they may delight in local food as a  home chef or as a nutritionist. Some people believe that supporting local agriculture is a great way to contribute to our regional economy, or they may want to preserve open land in the Seacoast. Whatever your reasons are for supporting local food, Seacoast Eat Local can use your help.


Some of our current opportunities are:

SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program

Seacoast Eat Local’s newest program is looking for volunteers this summer. Help increase access to local fresh healthy food for low-income individuals and families!

Learn the Lingo!
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for the program formerly known as Food Stamps
EBT: Electronic Benefit Transfer, a card very similar to a debit card, is now the form of payment/redemption for SNAP recipients
SNAP/EBT Farmers Market Program: Enables SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at select local farmers markets, using their EBT cards to purchase tokens that can then be used to buy food!
Market Match: An Incentive Program that Doubles SNAP shoppers money up to $10 per person/per market! This really helps to extend customers SNAP dollars and make shopping at the farmers’ market more affordable.

What YOU can do to help
Help at the Market: Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour.
Tell your Community: Help us promote this program all over the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. We can provide you with posters, fliers and more information to put up in your own community!

Market Schedule
Portsmouth: Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, May 3 to November 1, 2014.
City Hall, 1 Junkins Ave, Portsmouth map
Exeter: Thursdays, 2:15 to 6pm. May 1 to October 30, 2014
Swazey Parkway, Exeter NH
Dover
:  Wednesday, 2:15 to 6pm. 2014 Summer season over
Dover Chamber of Commerce, corner of Central and Sixth streets map

If you are interested in volunteering with our exciting new program please contact Sarah Jacobson, Program Coordinator by email at Snap@seacoasteatlocal.org, or by phone (607) 275-7499.

 

Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Markets

Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Market series is coming up, and we’re looking for volunteers to make these bustling markets run smoothly.

Use the forms for detailed descriptions of volunteer needs and to sign up:

December 13, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/96AqwshGug
December 20, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/8ZfFS0dXdv
January 10, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/DSX0ahMzf2
January 24, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/FSkBEqvktl
February 14, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/L1VIC8VktB
February 28, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/CKGDY7ifgv
March 14, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/NN1osBVRul
March 28, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/Z8DleqZDgd
April 11, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/A2Ixwb1JSc

Morning Help,  7:45am to 10am.

During this time, volunteers are assisting vendors unload their vehicles, directing vendor parking, and moving tables. It’s a busy morning, and we have lots of fun helping farmers get their trucks unpacked. The morning crew is usually 10 volunteers, plus Seacoast Eat Local board and employees. It’s a great way to meet other folks who care about local food in the Seacoast, and to see all the amazing food that farmers bring in. Since our morning crew is there when the market first opens, you can get your shopping done at the end of your shift!

This is a physical shift, requiring comfort with lifting and carrying up 35 lbs. We move in and outside for a few hours, so we are on our feet. Training is done on the job, with lots of assistance available from volunteers and others.

These events will be at two different locations: Wentworth Greenhouse in Rollinsford, NH and Exeter High School in Exeter, NH. Please see our website for location and date details.

During the Market, 9:45am to 2pm (in 2 hour shifts)

During this time, our volunteers help at our info table, working alongside board members and employees to answer questions from consumers, as well as selling our fundraising items (local salts, oils, and other pantry items). We also keep a customer tally, so we need a volunteer to count with a clicker, as well as assisting with coordinating our shuttle in the Rollinsford location. The markets are fun and bustling, and we would love a few more smiling faces to help out market customers. Since this shift is during the market, you can get your shopping done at the end of your volunteering!

We schedule our info table crew in two hours shifts, and you will be on your feet the whole time. Customer service skills are required, as well as familiarity with local food and farms. Our info table is staffed with 3 or 4 folks at all times.

These events will be at two different locations: Wentworth Greenhouse in Rollinsford, NH and Exeter High School in Exeter, NH. Please see our website for location and date details.

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the winter markets email leo@seacoasteatlocal.org for more info!

 

Michaela helping with consumer surveys for the Winter Market!

Michaela helping with consumer surveys for the Winter Market!

 

Our volunteers, Erin and Jennifer, wearing their carrot scarves!

 

Ann Marie volunteering alongside Peter from Jenness Farm!


 

 

 

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