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Walla Walla Valley Food System Coordinator VISTA
Approximately one in seven people in Eastern Washington rely on food assistance. One in five children are food insecure. Typically, nonprofit food banks rely on donated canned or boxed foods, but data has shown that increasing the quantity and quality of fresh produce through our distribution system has a great effect on the health of our clients. To that end, the Blue Mountain Action Council teamed up with Harvest Against Hunger to host Harvest VISTAs. BMAC has also worked closely with the Whitman Glean team to build relationships between the BMAC Food Bank, the agricultural community in the Walla Walla Valley, and Whitman College. In 2018, the BMAC Food Bank completed a comprehensive Walla Walla Valley Food Hub Feasibility Study. The results proved that Walla Walla Valley’s capacity to produce high-quality vegetables, fruits, and associated value-added products is well beyond that needed for many more business ventures of this scale. However, the most important enabling factor for all scenarios in the feasibility study was the engagement of people with the knowledge and skills needed who are committed to making it happen. The WWV Food System Coordinator will coordinate the independent efforts of these engaged farmers, businesses, organizations, and volunteers. Harvest Against Hunger acts as a program incubator and catalyst utilizing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA who build sustainable community food security programs. 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 : Conduct meetings with key individuals regarding the WWV Food Security Coalition and WWV Food Hub Feasibility Study; work with supervisor to review initial goals. Meet with volunteers, farmers, and community agencies to establish relationships and determine schedule of collaboration efforts. Research and create presentation materials; deliver or supervise delivery of presentations. Coordinate and facilitate meetings of the WWVFSC. Create gleaning schedules; recruit volunteers; transport, pack, and store food at the Food Distribution Center. Table at Farmers’ Market to build relationships with farmers and community. Present activities to various community organizations. Complete and provide safety training. Data entry and record keeping. Participate in Grocery Rescue, food distributions and deliveries as time allows. Work with community partners to develop innovative food waste repurposing. Network with other Hunger Relief Agencies, Glean Teams, Food Pantry volunteers.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Public Health ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work . 
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Walla Walla Valley Food System Coordinator VISTA

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

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 101224