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Harvest Against Hunger - Whidbey Island
Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) places AmeriCorps VISTAs at partner sites across Washington State and in a national cohort. These VISTA members serve as gleaning coordinators, building localized, sustainable produce recovery programs that grow connections between farmers and food banks. The Harvest Against Hunger project at the Good Cheer Food Bank will address hunger, food insecurity, and access to healthy fresh foods in our community. The project will strengthen systems for community outreach, volunteer recruitment, farmer engagement, and produce recovery. Captured produce through the gleaning effort will be distributed through the local hunger response network to benefit individuals and families in need. Our VISTA will help maintain and improve Good Cheer programs that expand seasonal availability of locally-grown produce, extend the harvest season, support food preservation efforts, and improve storage capacity. Good Cheer Food Bank is an innovative shopping-model food bank, where clients are empowered to choose their own food items in a grocery-like setting. Healthy choices are encouraged by assigning lower point values to whole foods. An extensive network of community partnerships allow us to provide healthy, locally-grown produce to our clients. We’ve been working since 2008 with the local school district and our network has grown to include countless Whidbey Island farmers, agriculture apprentices, gleaners, and hundreds of volunteers eager to get their hands dirty for a good cause. Do you believe that everyone should have access to healthy locally-grown food? Are you passionate about food waste prevention? Want to develop leadership skills in community outreach and volunteer management? Can you see yourself teaching people how to make pickles? Come join a network of committed AmeriCorps VISTA to increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations.
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Member Duties : The second year VISTA will continue to develop recruitment and retention strategies, oversee gleaning coordination and logistics, and participate in asset mapping and sustainability planning for the future of the program. This position will be part strategist and part storyteller, working to strengthen public recognition and support for gleaning efforts, streamline food sharing practices with hunger relief network partners, and support volunteer programs that divert food from the waste-stream by processing and preserving blemished or excess produce into value-added food products that can feed hungry families all season long.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Education . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Food Preservation ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Harvest Against Hunger - Whidbey Island

Program Start/End Date
04/16/2018  -   04/15/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  01/24/2018  To  03/15/2018 

Contact Beth Baker
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71324