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Ending Hunger Corps, Cumberland Co Food Security Council, ME
¿Do you want to help increase food access for vulnerable people in Cumberland County? The Cumberland County Food Security Council (CCFSC) works with community partners to initiate, strategize and innovate solutions to hunger by advocating, sharing information and resources, and taking collective action. CCFSC's focus is to build food security with economically disadvantaged people with limited access to healthy food. The VISTA member at CCFSC will help connect Maine residents with local, culturally appropriate and nutritious foods through infrastructure building, increasing the capacity of local organizations, and collecting data for a report on food access disparities. USDA research reports that 13.6 percent of Maine households are food insecure – a rate significantly higher than the national average of 11.7 percent. Additionally, in September of 2019 Maine ranked 16th in the nation for child food insecurity with one in five Maine kids food insecure and an 18 percent child poverty rate. This data does not account for disruptions in the food system by the pandemic. The VISTA member at CCFSC will have the opportunity to be a part of Maine’s historic plan to end hunger in the state by 2030, and will join a cohort of VISTAs across the state doing similar work with different organizations.
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Member Duties : The goal for this position is to establish infrastructure that supports the availability of more nutritious food for those vulnerable to food insecurity. It also seeks to involve more people in solving hunger in Maine. The VISTA will coordinate efforts to bridge the gap between consumers with limited resources and locally produced nutritious food, and develop production, processing and distribution systems. The member will also build the capacity of local organizations to support an empowerment network that will elevate the voices of people with direct experiences of poverty to promote solutions. Community events will be an opportunity for the VISTA member to promote local food and collect data for a report on disparities in food access for BIPOC Mainers. Finally, the VISTA will implement online infrastructure including a web page and social media.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  food, gas card, housing assistance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Health . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Youth Development ,  Team Work ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Writing/Editing . 
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Ending Hunger Corps, Cumberland Co Food Security Council, ME

Program Start/End Date
01/17/2023  -   01/16/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MAINE  

Accepting Applications
From  02/01/2024  To  08/31/2024 

Contact Jim Hanna
PO Box 1399
Portland   ME   04104

Listing ID 112068


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