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CFS VISTA Project: Food Access Coordinator
Feed Iowa First (FIF) is a grass-roots community of business, faith organizations, schools, farmers, and volunteers that unite in relationship-based service to help our neighbors to ‘Combat Food Insecurity by Growing Food and Farmers’. We believe access to fresh, healthy produce can and does transform lives. Fresh, healthy food is a basic human right, and ensuring access to it is key to building vibrant communities where citizens can reach their full human potential. FIF is the main producer and provider of fresh produce to food pantries in Linn County. We distributed over 50,000lbs of nutrient-dense produce back into our community in 2021. After the 2020 Derecho, we had the unique ability to pivot and directly meet the needs of our most vulnerable Linn County residents. As a CFS VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, & will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings & site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network & Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort.
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Member Duties : As a Food Access Coordinator VISTA, You will be involved in our Grow Don’t Mow, Grow Some Rows, Don’t Waste Donate, Distribution, & Equitable Land Access (ELA) programs. With the Executive Director & Farm Manager, you will streamline and expand current distribution processes and procedures to increase access to nutrient-dense produce in our community. You will contribute to expansion of Veggie Bus produce distributions, set schedules and routes with stops at clinics, apartment complexes, and produce drops at pantries. Collaborate with the city of Cedar Rapids and Linn County to identify gaps of communities with limited resources so we can better serve. Connect with and collect data from communities we serve to help pinpoint their wants and needs. have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, & interpersonal & organizational skills.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Education ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Trade/Construction ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Urban Planning ,  Public Speaking ,  Public Health ,  Environment ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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CFS VISTA Project: Food Access Coordinator

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  09/14/2022  To  09/13/2023 

Contact Sarah Steinmeyer
8106 Jennings Dr
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 114805