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Food Rescue Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Chico, California

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

The California Climate Action Corps (CCAC) is part of a statewide initiative to address and mitigate the effects of climate change. CCAC matches Fellows with organizations to mobilize community members to take direct climate action through education, volunteer mobilization, and assessment focused on urban greening, organic waste diversion and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency. This is a climate-focused, workforce development program for emerging climate and environmental leaders.

Opportunity description

530 Food Rescue Coalition (530 FRC) is an innovative food recovery project spearheaded by the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) in Butte County. This groundbreaking initiative harnesses the power of technology and community spirit to rescue perfectly good food from being wasted. Through our custom-built app, we mobilize volunteers to bridge the gap between food retailers and food-distributing non-profits, aiming to recover an impressive 300,000 pounds of food. At the heart of our efforts lie our core values of compassion, mentorship, wellness, integrity, equity, collaboration, and sustainability, shaping both our mission and our vibrant organizational culture. At CHC, we foster an environment that's supportive, collaborative, and fun. We are committed to advancing higher education, and we elevate student success and career readiness. Duties include, but are not limited to: Engage with weekly farmer's markets to support the implementation of the market match program. Rescue food donations from partnering entities and delivering to nonprofit partners. Participate in regular 530 FRC meetings to contribute to project development. Coordinate volunteers to facilitate seamless food rescue, ensuring donations reach those in need. Expand and diversify the volunteer network across all areas of Butte County Educate volunteers and community organizations on the negative impact of organic waste in landfills and the role that surplus edible food recovery can play to mitigate food insecurity and climate change.


  • $33,600 stipend
  • $10,000 education award
  • 340 hours of professional development
  • Minimum essential healthcare
  • Loan forbearance
  • Food and childcare assistance (for those eligible)

Requirements and qualifications


Live in California by August 16, 2024. Must be age 18 or older by August 16, 2024. Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Must be a US Citizen, US National, or lawful US resident to participate.

Preferred qualifications

An interest in climate change mitigation, volunteerism, or public service. Experience with outreach, education, training, or community behavior change. Fundamental understanding of climate change science, environmental policies in California, and/or environmental priorities. Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor