Program Manager

Food for Thought (FFT) is a Toledo-based and Toledo-focused not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to feeding and nourishing the community.  We are committed to feeding the Toledo area in a thoughtful way, and envision a Toledo region where the hunger for food, respect and belonging is met for all people.  We serve through our PB&J program, providing sandwiches and sack lunches to those in need every Saturday morning.  Additionally, we serve through ten mobile food pantries, which carry both shelf stable and fresh produce to those experiencing food insecurity.  Through these multiple food pantry sites, we target areas where people do not have ready access to a full grocery store in that neighborhood.

The Program Manager oversees the PB&J and mobile food pantry programs and is responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers, who are the backbone of our organization.  This is a full-time, exempt position and reports to the Executive Director of the organization. This position works closely with our pantry partners, volunteers, community representatives and our patrons.  The incumbent represents Food For Thought throughout our community and is expected to demonstrate strong professional and social skills in a variety of environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteer Management – 40%

  1. Ensure all organizational volunteer needs are met and scheduled as needed.
  2. Recruit, train, retain, and acknowledge volunteers.
  3. Orient volunteers to Food for Thought and ensure all leads are appropriately trained.      
  4. Provide consistent communication about volunteer opportunities to community groups, schools, special needs communities, etc.
  5. Supervise volunteers and capture feedback to shape the volunteer program. 

FFT Programs – 40%

  • Mobile Pantries       
  1. Coordinate pantry operations with pantry host-site lead to ensure exceptional pantry service for all patrons.
  2. Assist in the operation and attend the pantries when needed.
  3. Work closely with the Executive Director to create a health education component for our pantry patrons. 
  4. Assist Warehouse Coordinator in maintaining an inventory spreadsheet of shelf stable items. 
  5. Ensure each pantry location has adequate volunteers.
  •   PB&J 
  1. Maintain inventory for Friday night PB&J lunch packing.
  2. Ensure adequate volunteer coverage for Friday lunch making and Saturday distribution.
  3. Ensure supplies for Friday night and Saturday morning delivery are maintained.

Communications – 20%

  1. Share in the development and execution of communications with volunteers and patrons. 
  2. Ensure social media pages are kept up to date, and aligned with the social media plan in place for FFT.
  3. Ensure FFT is a visible and respected presence in the community.
  4. At the direction of the Executive Director, assist in developing new relationships with individuals, faith-based partners and businesses to widen our fundraising base and volunteer network. 
  5. Represent FFT in a positive manner at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile. 


Desired Qualifications:

  • A heart for service and helping others.
  • Strong marketing, programming, and public relations experience with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently while working on several projects simultaneously.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Capability to motivate volunteers and cultivate/enhance community partnerships.
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively, solve problems collaboratively, and show good judgment in decision making.
  • Working knowledge of hunger and food equity issues as well as local social services and resources a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or equivalent workplace experience.

In return for your service, Food for Thought offers a competitive salary (based on experience), health insurance stipend, paid time off, several holidays throughout the year, and end of year performance bonus. This is a hybrid work position which allows for flexibility. We want you to be successful so training and professional development opportunities are available.

Please forward inquiries and resume to: [email protected]


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or other responsibilities that are required of employees.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned.

Food for thought is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  We are committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.