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Harvest Against Hunger SA Blue Mountain Action Council
 
 
 
Host Site: The Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) is located in fertile Walla Walla Valley of Southeastern Washington and is one of a number of Community Action Programs in Washington State. BMAC is a private, nonprofit, multipurpose agency, serving residents in Southeastern Washington to meet the basic needs of low-income individuals and families, offer opportunities for individuals and families to achieve greater levels of strength, independence, and self-sufficiency, develop and implement strategies to prevent poverty in our communities, and leverage community support, service, and volunteerism. The Summer VISTA will operate out of the BMAC Food Bank, the State recognized Emergency Food Assistance Program lead in the four counties of Southeast Washington. The BMAC Food Bank is Emergency Food Assistance Program lead in four counties of Southeast Washington. Over 30 food pantries and meal programs depend on the BMAC Food Bank for distributions of food sourced from a variety of providers. The BMAC Food Bank also operates a Senior Commodity distribution (CSFP) and helps organize and host mobile food banks throughout Southeast Washington. These programs depend on BMAC to provide them with fresh produce so that food insecure populations in Walla Walla County have a better chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. Project Background: Harvest Against Hunger (HAH), a program of Rotary First Harvest, connects local growers, food banks and volunteers to secure fresh produce for distribution to thousands of people throughout Washington State. HAH finds new and innovative ways to decrease 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. The SA will work to start or support existing food bank, community or school garden projects.
 
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Member Duties : The Summer Associate (SA) will act as the liaison between the BMAC Food Bank and farmers/gardeners and gleaners. This position will do outreach in two primary areas simultaneously. The SA will reach out to farmers to build relationships and awareness of the need and opportunity to give back to the region either through direct donations or by engaging the gleaning community. The Associate will also do outreach in the community to gardeners, gleaning groups and others to build awareness of and encourage fresh garden donations to the food bank. Existing gleaning groups will be contacted and gleaning activities will be coordinated so that there is a better interconnection of the various groups that glean and gleaning activities. These partnership-building activities increase BMAC’s capacity to provide healthy nutritious food to hungry children and families.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Education ,  Health . 
 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Harvest Against Hunger SA Blue Mountain Action Council

Program Start/End Date
06/11/2018  -   08/19/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  03/27/2018  To  05/28/2018 

Contact Beth Baker
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
2062360408
beth@firstharvest.org
firstharvest.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 44562


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