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Ending Hunger Corps, Cumberland Co Food Security Council, ME
CCFSC is Maine’s premier food council, hosting transformative food system projects and a collaborative network that extends throughout Maine and the Northeast. Based in Portland and at Ummah Farm in Turner, this project's goal is to establish infrastructure that supports more nutritious food being available to people vulnerable to food insecurity. The VISTA member will coordinate efforts and develop strategies to bridge the gap between consumers with limited resources and locally produced nutritious food. The VISTA member will disrupt the cycle of poverty by increasing access to nutritious, culturally important food for poor families and building a stronger local food economy that creates training, income and employment opportunities. The applicant should be a well-organized and thoughtful writer who enjoys research and can make connections between data and solutions. Additional project partners include Cooperative Development Institute, University of Southern Maine Food Studies, Maine Black Community Development and other farms and agriculture-based projects. This is a unique professional development opportunity to work in Maine’s innovative food system at the nexus of economic, racial and food justice. You will connect with our broad network and have the opportunity to design creative responses to the challenges of poverty and food insecurity. This one-year placement begins in August 2022. More information on CCFSC and this position can be found on our web site: or by emailing This position contributes to Maine’s historic goal of ending hunger in the state by 2030 as part of Ending Hunger Corps, a 25-member cohort model VISTA program sponsored by Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF). Find out more here:
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Member Duties : The VISTA will build capacity for infrastructure, marketing and communications, and fundraising efforts related to the Maine Meat System Initiative (MMSI). The VISTA will assist in developing cooperative infrastructure for training, production, processing, and distribution systems based at the food hub at Ummah Farm. The VISTA will support community-based research that helps bridge the price gap between the farmer/producer and limited resource community members. The VISTA member will 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. The VISTA will promote local food through events including processing and community meals. The VISTA will collect data to report on disparities in food access for BIPOC Mainers – both quantitative and qualitative – which will inform infrastructure development and project design. The VISTA will manage a web page and social media.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  food, gas card, housing assistance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Youth Development ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Communications . 
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Ending Hunger Corps, Cumberland Co Food Security Council, ME

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MAINE  

Accepting Applications
From  05/06/2022  To  08/01/2022 

Contact Jim Hanna
PO Box 1399
Portland   ME   04104

Listing ID 112068