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Opportunity Council - FFB - Garden & Grove Project VISTA
The Foothills Food Bank (FFB) has designed and will be implementing a garden and orchard on the grounds surrounding the building to provide fruits and vegetables for distribution to community members at the FFB. The garden space will include a Community Learning Garden for students enrolled in the Head Start preschool program, which is located on the campus of the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, next to the FFB. Fruits and vegetables grown in the garden and orchard will be distributed to FFB clients and provided to the kitchen staff for the Head Start meals. The goal of the garden and orchard is to provide high quality, locally grown produce for food bank clients and the children enrolled in the Head Start program, to increase the quantity of nutrient dense foods into the diets of adults and children, and to improve food security for families. An additional goal for the Head Start garden is to provide the children the opportunity to learn about where fruits and vegetables come from and give them a hands-on, in the garden experience, hopefully leading to healthier food choices now and in the future. Additionally, the Summer Associate will assist the Community Engagement VISTA with the Snap-Ed Cooking Matters Program by packing produce bags weekly for the Snap-Ed participants to use in their cooking classes and assist the FFB’s Operations Manager with distribution of groceries and produce at FFB distributions.
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Member Duties : Summer VISTA project activities include: • Assist with planting and maintaining the gardens and orchard. • Work with the current Community Engagement VISTA to recruit garden volunteers. • Work with volunteers and Common Threads Farm staff to maintain the gardens. • Harvest fruits and vegetables for the Food Bank to distribute to clients and for the Head Start kitchen staff. • Develop and maintain a system for tracking the pounds of food harvested for the FFB and for the Head Start Program. • Track the number of pounds of food harvested and distributed, (H10A) • Assist the current Community Engagement VISTA’s Cooking Matters Snap Education program by packing weekly produce bags for program participants. • Participate in the distribution of groceries and produce at FFB’s food distributions. • Participate in the Foothills Community Food Partnership monthly meetings.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Hunger ,  Environment ,  Health . 
Skills :
Social Services ,  Computers/Technology ,  Public Health ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Environment ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership . 
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Opportunity Council - FFB - Garden & Grove Project VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/14/2021  -   08/08/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  03/22/2021  To  05/03/2021 

Contact Naomi Siegel
1111 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham   WA   98225
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 102367