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Food Secure High Point
High Point University (HPU) seeks to host eight VISTAs and a VISTA leader to improve education and food security in High Point. Four VISTAs will work on food security. All VISTAs live in houses owned and maintained by HPU. All VISTAs also receive a 19 meal dining plan during the academic year. The VISTAs have individual placements in the City of High Point, but we meet weekly for check-ins and do professional development together. HPU supports some conference travel. Food Security VISTAs will divide up several key tasks: 1. Promote and develop community gardens throughout High Point. 2. Expand the farmers market options in the city. 3. Develop a fresh food market. 4. Improve food education in High Point by marketing healthy food options and developing nutrition and cooking classes. 5. Expand HPU’s food recovery efforts. 6. Develop shared use kitchens and healthy corner store options. This project needs VISTAs who bring skills like: community-building, research, marketing, networking, project development, and public speaking. VISTAs recruited into this project will be placed with the site that best meets their skills, interests, and qualifications. This project will offer VISTAs the chance to start something new. They will get to envision a project from the ground up, build community ownership, engage volunteers, and see their idea into reality. After finishing the project year, VISTAs will be well-prepared for the job market. They will have clear “wins,” tangible examples of their leadership, and strong references who are ready to speak to the impact they have made. This project is perfect for someone wanting to get involved in the health professions, public health, community development, non-profit management, public administration, or communications. This project will run from August 3, 2020-August 2, 2021. For more information, contact Rev. Mary Beth Foust at or Dr. Joe Blosser at
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Member Duties : Join the HPU VISTA Program. Our 4 Food Security VISTAs will promote service as part of citizenship and an engaged education among students and faculty at HPU. The following are individual duties related to each of the four healthy futures VISTAs: The Markets and Gardens VISTA will: (1) Develop and support community gardens in High Point (2) Develop and support farmers markets and coordinate collaboration efforts. The Food Education VISTA will: (1) Develop and support innovative approaches to food insecurity. (2) Coordinate and disseminate accurate information about food resources for low-income residents. The Food Access VISTA will: (1) Deepen the network of food pantries, backpack programs, and hot meal programs in the city (2) Expand the work of the Food Recovery Network at HPU The Corner Stores and Kitchens VISTA will: (1) Research and pilot ways to expand the availability of local healthy food options through corner stores and shared use kitchens
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Housing ,  Dining Plan ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Non-Profit Management . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Food Secure High Point

Program Start/End Date
08/03/2020  -   08/02/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NORTH CAROLINA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/20/2020  To  05/30/2020 

Contact Mary Beth Foust
1 University Pkwy
High Point   NC   27268
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 72820