About the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:
The national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program (AHOC), an initiative of Hunger Free America since 2010, is one of the largest anti-hunger AmeriCorps VISTA projects in the country. Its main focus is to fight hunger and improve nutrition, primarily by breaking down barriers to accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) as well as by expanding economic opportunity and ensuring healthy futures for all Americans, mostly through the SNAP Employment and Training program. Members also serve to increase the capacity of anti-hunger community organizations to help meet the needs of low-income community members, particularly to seniors, working families and non-English speaking populations.
The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, A Project of TCI, in partnership with Hunger Free America, is seeking a full-time VISTA member to build sustainable food systems by working with the faith community. The VISTA will serve as part of a very small team including two VISTA’s focusing especially on helping low-income people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties access healthy local food. This will emphasize promoting purchase incentives for fruits and vegetables and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and produce stands at faith-based sites. The VISTA will participate in an orientation, and attend trainings to build professional and personal skills. The VISTA will gain familiarity with key aspects of non-profit management and network with community food access groups. The VISTA will be working in a dynamic fluid environment within 4 year old organization.
The goal of the project is in part to:
Increase food security for low-income individuals, AmeriCorps*VISTA members will share models and lessons learned on how congregations and farmers can partner to create farm marketing outlets that supply fresh, sustainably grown produce and products to low income people.
· Improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of the availability of utilization of benefits at direct farm outlets including produce stands and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) located at faith-based sites. Facilitate nutrition education information and opportunities for low-income members.
· Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers to support SNAP utilization with Electronic Benefits Transfer and cash purchase incentives through the Collaborative’s “Make CSA’s and Produce Stands a SNAP” program.
· Work with community leaders and members to identify SNAP program barriers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve SNAP access in their communities.
· Assist community and faith-based organizations and state agencies in decreasing barriers and improving access to USDA FNS’s SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Program in order to help enable people eligible for SNAP to obtain employment and/or increase their wages, with the hope that someday they will no longer need SNAP benefits.
This is a one year, full-time position beginning July 17, 2017. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here - http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.
You are responsible for finding your own housing. Hunger Free America offers a small housing assistance of no more than $400 per service year to its members. However, members will need to fund their own housing outside of Hunger Free America’s assistance.
· $542 Living allowance, paid biweekly
· Segal Education Award ($5,815) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
· Health benefits*
· Housing or alternative assistance of up to $400
· Training support up to $500
· Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
· Relocation assistance (if applicable)
· Childcare assistance (if applicable)
· Optional life insurance
· One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
· A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums
Qualifications and Requirements:
Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree. In addition, strong communication skills, cross-cultural skills, and flexibility are important. Spanish language skills are desirable. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply:
Interested individuals should contact Steve Schwartz at [email protected] or (707) 634-4672 and review the www.Americorps.gov. This is a competitive position. Please submit a resume as soon as possible, we are scheduling interviews beginning May 1st. Applicants may also apply through the Americorps*VISTA site.
*For more information on health coverage provided through CNCS, visit: http://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service#health_coverage