Student Employment

Program Staff II

Michigan Dining

Job #: 800152
Location: Betsy Barbour
Department: Michigan Dining
Rate: $11-$13/hr, commensurate with experience
Resume Required? Yes
Work-Study? Either, Work-Study or Non-Work-Study Available

Background: The Maize and Blue Cupboard is a student-led and student-driven space centrally located on campus focused on providing direct services for students experiencing food insecurity on campus. With a focus on food as a basic human right, Maize and Blue Cupboard provides daily food distributions focused on fresh and nutritious offerings as well as a diverse range of personal items and cookware.

Maize and Blue Cupboard also provides nutritional education, counseling, and classes in a kitchen environment. Working with a wide range of local, institutional, and academic partners, Maize and Blue Kitchen looks to create emerging and effective support with a holistically focused approach. Located in the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program lab (UMSFP) in the basement of Betsy Barbour Residence Hall, the Maize and Blue Cupboard works closely with UMSFP, the School of Social Work, School of Public Health, University Health Services, Dean of Students Office, and other student support departments.

Hours Per Week: 10-20


● Checking customers in/Intake
● Assisting customers through the retail, personal items, and cookware sections
● Stocking and maintaining inventory of service area
● Light preparation and packaging of fresh foods
● Provide information on products, recipes, and nutritional information
● Provide appropriate referrals to programs and departments
● Assist with recipe and wellness demonstrations
● Ensuring a high standard of food safety
● Maintaining a clean, welcoming, and safe environment with superior customer service

Required Qualifications:

● Experience, or interest, working in food insecurity and access, food distribution and related programs
● Ability to work with diverse range of people of various social, cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds
● Experience in Customer Service Desired Qualifications:
● Experience in food distribution, rescue, or case management
● Previous experience in non-profit work
● Cooking knowledge and experience with kitchen work
● Demonstrated commitment to supporting individuals in need, organization, teamwork, good communication skills, resilience and empathy

Learning Outcomes:

● Collaboration Across Difference
● Identity and Perspectives
● Motivation and Purpose
● Reflective and Relational Learner
● Demonstrated knowledge of Basic Human Needs Justice work/social justice
● Cultural Competence (DEI) and Emotional Intelligence
● Core components of CARE praxis = Compassion, Affirmation, Reflection and Education

Apply to this posting OR submit a resume and cover letter to Jessica Thompson ( and Alex Bryan (