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Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa VISTA
A number of major initiatives are underway in Waterloo, Iowa metro area and Cedar Rapids Iowa, to improve food security among vulnerable populations. University of Northern Iowa Local Food Program, Feed Iowa First, People's Community Health Clinic, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank are the leading entities collaborating to develop these initiatives and implement them. One strand of service relates to building community capacity to grow food in neighborhoods, backyards, and build self-reliance of low-income and recent immigrants, as well as build capacity for startup food/farm businesses among these populations. The other strand of service relates building the capacity of emergency food sectors to secure their own local sources of fresh produce and collaborate with local farms, while creating employment opportunities for vulnerable populations. VISTA members will be building capacity for a mobile produce stand featuring fresh veggies in several neighborhoods, featuring produce from local farms, and involving local residents, as well as helping the food bank purchase from local farms. You would learn about long term strategies towards community food security. The service opportunity is scheduled to begin in Jan 2020. The position will be open until filled.
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Member Duties : -- Improve access to good food for vulnerable populations -- Work with Northeast Iowa Food Bank’s many innovative community food projects --Work with Feed Iowa First --Work with Peoples Community Health Clinic Garden to grow fresh vegetables for clinic clients and neighborhood -- Work with local refugee organization to create more food producing gardens -- Work with local farms to bring fresh, local vegetables to underserved populations -- Build capacity for a mobile produce stand & the Opportunity Farm -- Learn about long term strategies towards community food security This service opportunity posting is for numerous positions with the University of Northern Iowa, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and Feed Iowa First.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance (if eligible) ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Children/Youth ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Eagerness to serve community ,  General Skills ,  Communications . 
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Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/01/2021  -   01/31/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  


Accepting Applications
From  02/01/2021  To  01/31/2022 

Contact Kamyar Enshayan
University Of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 71422