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Tacoma Farmer's Market Food Access Summer Associate VISTA
Tacoma Farmers Market (TFM) creates vibrant marketplaces where local farms and small businesses connect directly with the community. With four traditional farmers markets and the newly launched Fresh Express Mobile Farmers Market, TFM works to ensure that all residents, regardless of income, will have reliable access to fresh, healthy food, and celebrate its place in our community. In 2019, TFM worked with 110 businesses to serve 135,000 shoppers from 73 zip codes at four markets. $1.3 million passed through our markets, including $50,000 in SNAP EBT and SNAP EBT matching funds and $25,000 from the Women and Infant Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (SFMNP). The COVID-19 pandemic slowed use of our traditional markets but spurred the creation of the Fresh Express to bring the farmers market to those who need it most. This AmeriCorps opportunity is a project of Harvest Against Hunger, which connects local growers, food banks, and volunteers to secure fresh produce for distribution to thousands of people throughout Washington State. The Harvest VISTA program finds innovative ways to decrease the waste of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase the availability of nutritious produce for food bank clients. The VISTA Summer Associate (SA) program will work in an intensive level of summer service for 10 weeks.
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Member Duties : The Tacoma Farmers Market Food Access Summer Associate will have two primary goals which are to increase purchases of healthy, fresh foods by SNAP-eligible shoppers in order to improve nutrition and to support TFM SNAP Ambassadors. The SA will increase purchases of healthy, fresh foods by identifying opportunities at the market for SNAP-eligible shoppers to buy more produce, create affordable season recipes, engage and steward relationships with local chefs for demonstrations booths at the market and perform outreach through neighborhood canvassing. The second goal is to support TFM SNAP Ambassadors to increase awareness about SNAP benefits by developing and delivering market tours, create informational materials about the program. The SA will also contribute to the feasibility study of the mobile market by assessing the needs of SNAP-eligible shoppers.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Health . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Communications ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  General Skills . 
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Tacoma Farmer's Market Food Access Summer Associate VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/21/2022  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  04/21/2022  To  06/06/2022 

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

Listing ID 111638