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NEK Gleaning Coordinator VISTA
This position, based in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, will fill the critical role of establishing a gleaning program to serve the state’s most rural region. This region has never had a gleaning program, despite the estimated 8,000-11,000 food insecure individuals there and more than 1 million pounds of edible vegetables and berries that remain on farms each year, never to be eaten. The Harvest VISTA will play a key role in the start-up and on-going implementation of Vermont’s newest gleaning program. The VISTA member will be supported by two partners, the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District and Salvation Farms. These partners bring unique attributes; one is deeply rooted in the Northeast Kingdom while the other has years of gleaning experience. The primary elements of a regional gleaning program include developing relationships with and gleaning services to farms, recruiting and managing community volunteers in the collection of surplus produce, and coordinating the distribution of local gleanings to community food programs that feed the region's food insecure. In this position NEK partners with Harvest Against Hunger, a program incubator and catalyst utilizing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA who build sustainable community food security programs. These range from gleaning projects, to regional food security assessments, to expanding community-run gardens and food bank farms. VISTAs serve with their projects for a year, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, addressing challenges related to supply chain management, like the transportation and distribution of gleaned produce, and create systems to collect data and evaluate programs. Harvest Against Hunger projects also aim to involve the larger community in addressing food insecurity.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will engage Northeast Kingdom partners to establish Vermont’s newest gleaning program, serving as gleaning coordinator. The VISTA member will: Conduct an asset map of key stakeholders, establish the program’s mission, vision, objectives, service area, and annual goals, and recruit program stakeholders. Establish and maintain procedures related to stakeholder records and engagement, food safety, and the collection and distribution of gleanings. Help secure resources to support the program, including infrastructure (storage, vehicle, etc.) and funding. Lead all gleaning activities including volunteer recruitment, orientation, and management. Develop and deliver a suite of gleaning services to farms and coordinate delivery of gleaned produce to community food programs. Develop program marketing materials, educational elements, annual program work plan, and represent the Northeast Gleaning program within the Vermont Gleaning Collective.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Recruitment ,  Leadership ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Public Speaking . 
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NEK Gleaning Coordinator VISTA

Program Start/End Date
04/12/2021  -   04/11/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VERMONT  

Accepting Applications
From  01/29/2021  To  03/19/2021 

Contact Maria Mendez-Francisco
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 101223