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Winter Food Security Coordinator Summer Associate
The Food Bank Growers network grows, gathers, and gives organically grown fruits and vegetables to build healthy, vibrant communities, improve food security, and decrease food waste for our Jefferson County neighbors. Since 2012, our network has been working to build capacity and meet the growing need for healthy food security. The Foodbank Farm and Gardens have merged with the Quimper Gleaners to increase growing and distribution efforts with the Foodbank Association and other partners to create a more cohesive, local, and sustainable food system that serves over 2,000 families. In 2021, The Foodbank Growers and partner Quimper Community Harvest, donated over 36,000lbs of fresh local produce to schools, food banks, and distributed to those least likely to have means to purchase high quality produce even with SNAP and Food Rx. Our ability to donate 18,000lbs of fresh produce to local food banks and to distribute the other 18,000lbs to 20 additional outlets, is supporting the needs of local families and schools. Crop failures related to climate changes, as well as supply chain disruption, are issues that we need to address as a multi-pronged need for local growing, and develop solutions to better protect and feed those in the community. Our program is looking to build capacity for storing fresh produce throughout the Winter season by continuing to build partnerships with other local organizations, facilities, and agriculture. 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 waste of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase the availability of nutritious produce for food bank clients. The AmeriCorps Summer Associate (SA) program will serve an intensive level of summer service for 10 weeks.
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Member Duties : The AmeriCorps Summer Associate will be working with Food Bank Growers to coordinate metrics on what crops are needed and when, helping our garden networks plan for future planting and harvesting, as well as what storage is needed for Summer surplus. This data collection will benefit Farm to Food Pantry and Jefferson County Food Banks as well by helping define Jefferson County’s need for Winter food security. A primary focus will be to reduce food waste and increase this network’s ability to fill the gaps in the growing season. The AmeriCorps Member will be working predominantly in support of health and hunger. Their role will help with building community development that can continue to be built on for years to come.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Environment ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Environment ,  General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Winter Food Security Coordinator Summer Associate

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  04/25/2022  To  06/06/2022 

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

Listing ID 111640