AmeriCorps VISTA for SNAP Outreach
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Location: 1400 W. Markham, Suite 304, Little Rock, AR 72201
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 Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in partnership with Hunger Free America is seeking a full-time VISTA member to…
- Convene community leaders and members to identify SNAP program barriers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve access in their communities.
- Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers to conduct screening and application assistance and to develop SNAP program materials and application assistance materials along with related trainings to community-based organizations.
- Improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of the availability of utilization of benefits at farmers’ markets and provide nutrition education information and opportunities for low-income members.
- 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 June 19, 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.
- $455.70 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
How to Apply:
Send resume to Tomiko Townley at email@example.com.
*For more information on health coverage provided through CNCS, visit: http://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service#health_coverage
No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassadors
Posting: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Location: 1400 W. Markham, Suite 304, Little Rock, AR 72201
No child should grow up hungry in America, but nearly one in five children struggles with hunger. That’s more than 13 million kids. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
By connecting kids in need with nutritious food, the No Kid Hungry campaign surrounds children with healthy food where they live, learn and play.
We’re ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These public-private partnerships work together to identify and eliminate the barriers that may prevent children from accessing existing food and nutrition resources.
Through the support of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Share Our Strength has created a program to involve college-aged Youth Ambassadors in the fight against childhood hunger by working with one of our state No Kid Hungry community partners.
Working closely with No Kid Hungry Arkansas Campaign public and private partners, the AR Dept. of Human Services, the AR Dept. of Education, and the Governor’s office, the Youth Ambassadors will work to address the needs of thousands of hungry Arkansas kids and families. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has ambitious 2017 campaign goals, which include maintaining summer meals sites in all 75 counties in the state and retaining successful sponsors, especially those operating in underserved areas of the state.
For the summer program, partners have two (2) Youth Ambassadors per location working on initiatives related to Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and summer meals (Outreach, programming, technical support, etc.)
- Work on collaborative projects along with State Partner organization that would help increase number of children getting access to healthy meals in the community (50-60%). Activities may include: visiting and evaluating summer meals sites, organizing or leading community outreach efforts, partner meetings, and online and social media organizing.
- Story and content collection related to No Kid Hungry national efforts (20%)
- Complete weekly reports, end of program report, and participate in weekly calls and other activities as indicated by supervisors and Share Our Strength staff (5%)
- Miscellaneous tasks, including administrative tasks (10-20%)
The No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassadors at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will support two primary goals: 1) to increase the number of children who participate in a summer and after-school food programs and 2) to improve the ability of Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to offer sustainable and high-quality, year-round meals programs for at risk kids.
- Support the utilization of the national Why Hunger Summer Meals Hotline: Youth Ambassadors would work with summer meals sponsors to outreach to families about the hotline and work with state agency leaders to ensure all summer meals site lists are up-to-date- and available to hotline callers. Help maintain an interactive site map and help keep the summer food site data updated for the Summer Food Texting program, which will allow parents to text their zip code to find out about summer food programs near them.
- Participate in summer meals site visits, offering to support volunteer roles as needed, and continue our best practices review for sites and sponsors by offering hands on support with outdoor activities for mobile sites and creative games and nutrition education ideas for other sites.
- Work with the No Kid Hungry team to participate in and coordinate outreach events offering presentations describing all the No Kid Hungry nutrition education, SNAP education and in-school or out-of-school feeding programs.
- Support communication objectives around these outreach programs – contribute to blog posts, e-newsletter support, etc.
- Coordinate our Summer Meals Bus Tour to at least 4 SFSP sites in each AR Congressional districts.
- General staff support for retaining current sites and planning outreach events
- Training, evaluation, reporting, blogging
- Work to improve outreach to SNAP-eligible families, to ensure many more low-income families are utilizing those benefits, and we will continue to support the mobile pantry successfully piloted in 2016 to expand the reach of the Double Bucks programs so SNAP-eligible families can buy fresh, local produce.
No Kid Hungry seeks enthusiastic college students to join our program as Youth Ambassadors.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A great attitude and willingness to work on all kinds of projects
- Interest in hunger issues
- Commitment to working with diverse communities
- Reliability, responsibility, and a good work ethic
- Good customer service and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently
- Familiarity with social media
- Daily access to a car is preferred and use of personal laptop and mobile phone required
Youth Ambassadors will receive a stipend of no more than $2000 for 10 weeks (40 hours per week) over the course of the summer. The program includes one flex week for vacation within the 10 weeks of service. Program begins June 5.
Youth Ambassadors will report to a national No Kid Hungry staff member, and a local staff member. Ambassadors will participate in weekly conference calls, complete a weekly report, and attend an online training session prior to the start of work.
Interested applicants should apply online at http://nokidhungry.org/ambassadors.