Mobile Food Market Assistant

Due to the overwhelming success of the initial pilot project, the Mobile Food Market (MFM) is launching a winter pilot that will continue to sell fresh and affordable fruit and vegetables in 6 communities across the Halifax region. Once a week we transform a vehicle into a mobile market that delivers fresh and affordable produce around the Halifax region. The MFM operates in 6 communities; North Preston, East Preston and Spryfield one week and Fairview and North End Halifax the following week. The communities have been chosen based on having limited access to healthy food and also community capacity and interest in supporting the market at a local level. The produce is selected based on residents’ preferences, purchased in bulk and sold at costs that are in line with discount grocery operations.

The MFM is looking for a core team of MFM Assistants that will travel with the market (either on a Saturday or Wednesday) and support all aspects of the project. This exciting role provides an opportunity for working on the ground in these communities and providing support behind the scenes in the preparation and and take-down on market days. Responsibilities include assisting in the market set-up and take-down, traveling with the market vehicle to each location, working cooperatively with community volunteers, working the check-out and restocking produce, assisting customers, representing the Mobile Food Market and answering questions about the project, and working to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

One MFM Assistant will travel with the bus at all times and is essential to the success of the project.

What you bring: You are extremely dependable and feel comfortable working in a fast paced environment. You enjoy working with diverse communities of people and thrive in a team environment. You are capable of lifting boxes of produce and willing to commit to a full Wednesday or Saturday once a month to support the MFM.

Where and when: Once a month (on a Wed or Sat) in rotation with the other MFM Assistants. The market route alternates weekly, visiting Spryfield, North Preston and East Preston one week, and Fairview and North End Halifax the following week. The Saturday shift has a commitment of 7:45am - 3pm and the Wednesday route is 12pm - 7:40pm.
We meet at the Joseph Howe Superstore, 3601 Joseph Howe Drive.

How we’ll support you: You will receive a general orientation as well as one-on-one support from the MFM Coordinator or MFM Assistant Coordinator on all market days.

Perks: You are welcome to purchase from our great selection of fresh and affordable produce while working your shift at the market. How efficient! This also happens to be an extremely fulfilling role, rich in positive feedback and community building. Our Coordinator is happy to provide a reference letter if amazing experience on you’re seeking.

Next steps: If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. Please send an expression of interest outlining why you would like to be involved with the project, and how you can contribute to it’s overall success.