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Maple Alley Inn Food Access Coordinator
 
 
 
Opportunity Council is a Community Action Agency in northwest Washington State, whose mission is to help people improve their lives through education, support and direct assistance. Maple Alley Inn (MAI) is a hot meal program that is devoted to preparing three delicious and highly nutritious meals each week to low income families, chronically homeless individuals, veterans, people with disabilities, and isolated seniors. The MAI community garden serves as a primary source of local, fresh, organic produce that supplies each meal service. Meals are only part of the service provided at MAI. Law Advocates, community health providers, homeless outreach and more all use MAI as a location to connect with clients to provide additional and complementary services. With the help of approximately 60 volunteers the AmeriCorps members will coordinate three nutritious meals a week. This will include meal planning, preparation, serving, and clean up. Members will also maintain inventory and supplies at two locations and serve seasonally in the garden to plant, weed, water, harvest, and process produce. The members’ will assess where diners are at with access to food by conducting an interview to determine SNAP benefit status and, if applicable, guiding the individual through the application process. Ensure awareness of the Free Food and Meal Resource Guide to optimize access to other meal programs and food banks in the area. Members will meet with diners to understand their education needs and refer them to appropriate health and nutrition education classes both at Maple Alley, and in the community. Members will survey each diner to understand if dining at MAI and/or utilizing SNAP benefits has helped to increase their food security. Maple Alley Inn is a community gathering place where individuals facing poverty and homelessness can come together to share a conversation, friendship, and connection in a welcoming environment over food made with intention and care.
 
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Member Duties : AmeriCorps members Responsibilities: 1. Coordinate recruitment, scheduling, and training of volunteers 2. Direct volunteers in providing client services 3. Assist with meal planning, cooking, meal service, and cleanup 4. Assist with food and supply purchasing 5. Assist in pick-up and delivery of donated items 6. Develop and implement a food security interview protocol 7. Outreach to and enroll individuals in SNAP benefits 8. Attend staff meetings and trainings AmeriCorps members should possess the following skills: 1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills 2. Effective time-management skills, managing frequent interruptions and crisis situations 3. Create or innovate procedures and/or systems 4. Collaborate with staff and function as a member of a team 5. Exceptional record keeping skills, ensuring confidentiality of client and volunteer information including maintenance of up-to-date, accurate, and detailed notes 6. Strong interest in food services
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend . 
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Health . 
 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Social Services ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Food Services . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps State / National

Program
Maple Alley Inn Food Access Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
01/16/2019  -   07/15/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  99

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  10/18/2018  To  02/01/2019 

Contact Anne Poulson
1111 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham   WA   98225
360-739-7335
wscip@esd.wa.gov
www.oppco.org
 
AmeriCorps

Listing ID 55365


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