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School District 6 Food Hub
 
 
 
Weld County School District 6 (WCSD6) has the 13th largest student enrollment in Colorado with just over 21,000 students. The student population reports speaking over 60 languages and has a Free-and-Reduced meal rate of 62%. The motto of the Nutrition Services department is "Nourishing Students. Creating Success." Nutrition Services supports student achievement by offering healthy, great tasting meals, serving an average of 19,000 meals served per school day, and promoting overall health and wellness through school breakfast programs, nutrition education opportunities, and connecting students to their food through Farm to School and School Garden programs. Over the past eight years, we have been on a mission to improve the food we are offering to our students. This has led us to kick out highly processed foods and completely revamp our system which included opening a centralized production kitchen in 2011 to support the preparation of fresh, from scratch meals and sourcing local ingredients when possible. Most recently, WCSD6 Nutrition Services was awarded a grant from the USDA which is being utilized to develop and implement a Food Hub concept. This Food Hub is housed in our Central Production Kitchen and focuses on aggregating as much local produce as possible during the Colorado harvest months. The produce will then be utilized immediately or washed, chopped, blanched, and frozen for later use throughout the school year. This concept will allow for maximum utilization of Colorado produce throughout the school year. In future years, this Food Hub will continue to grow and gain the ability to support neighboring school districts and possibly other food service organizations (e.g. food banks, healthcare facilities, etc.).
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA’s work will address food security and facilitating student’s success in school by increasing awareness, knowledge, and support of our Farm to School and Food Hub programs; supporting school gardens by creating a volunteer program and curriculum integration; grant writing; improving and developing systems to support Farm to School and Food Hub work; researching, developing, and implementing a school food waste reduction program; and creating and maintaining community collaborations and partnerships. The VISTA will gain valuable knowledge and skills surrounding the national Farm to School program, local food systems, marketing and promotion, school nutrition education, and school gardens. The VISTA will have the opportunity to connect with local farmers and producers, other school districts, and work directly with the local food movement.
 
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Computers/Technology ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
School District 6 Food Hub

Program Start/End Date
07/21/2017  -   07/20/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/15/2017  To  07/01/2017 

Contact Lindsey Bennett
814 9th St
Greeley   CO   80631
9703046197
lindsey@unitedway-weld.org
greeleyschools.org/nutrition
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 65678


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