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Nourish Iowa: Farmer's Market Nutrition Assistance VISTA
(Please note: this position has been filled for June 2023-2024, however we will gladly review applications in advance for those interested in serving in this role after June 2024). As a Farmer’s Market Nutrition Assistance VISTA, you will amplify the reach and impact of several programs at area farmer’s markets. Veggie Vouchers are distributed through several local clinics and community organizations, and can be used like money at farmer’s markets, which provides free and nutritious food to families and a valuable revenue source to farmers. You will establish plans for consistent distribution of vouchers to partners, analyze utilization rates and share findings with stakeholders, and maintain communication with current and future partners. You will also create sustainable outreach plans in collaboration with partner sites and markets, and create solutions to improve voucher redemption rates. You will develop incentives and educational plans for both SNAP participants and vendors, with the goal of increasing use of benefits at markets and other local outlets. This will include expanding the presence of the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program at urban farmers markets. You will become an expert on the nutrition programs available to the populations we serve. This position is based at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa. You will serve among a cohort of VISTA members placed throughout Iowa, and will have opportunities to share knowledge within this community through visits to sites and members in other communities we serve. In addition to all standard VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with leaders in community nutrition, food justice, agriculture, and environmental policy, and be invited to regular professional development coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort. Nourish Iowa members are also eligible for free enrollment in Iowa State University's Local Food Leader certification course.
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Member Duties : As a Farmer’s Market Nutrition Assistance VISTA, you will develop and expand existing programs including Veggie Vouchers, SNAP outreach, and research and grantwriting in pursuit of expanded capacity and visibility for farmer's markets. You will have the opportunity to take a grantwriting class as part of your training. You will also regularly engage partners for expansions of these projects or development of new ones. This year, SNAP outreach will also include leveraging farmer's markets as sites of physical activity, developing activities at markets and promoting the use of active transportation to/from markets. This experience will further develop your abilities in program management and evaluation, community nutrition education, small business & local economic development, and collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Members based at CEEE may serve up to 2 days per week remotely, however ability to travel to our office at least 3 days per week is required
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Homelessness ,  Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Environment ,  Technology ,  Public Safety ,  Entrepreneur/Business . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Leadership ,  Environment ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Public Health ,  Youth Development ,  Counseling ,  Community Organization ,  Law ,  Social Services ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Urban Planning ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Non-Profit Management ,  General Skills ,  Medicine ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking . 
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Nourish Iowa: Farmer's Market Nutrition Assistance VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/18/2024  -   06/17/2025

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  06/01/2023  To  05/23/2024 

Contact Sarah Steinmeyer
8106 Jennings Dr
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 107268


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