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Harvest Against Hunger - OIC in Yakima
In Yakima, Washington, the Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) project is located at the OIC, a multi-service nonprofit community action agency that operates a food bank and distribution center. The VISTA will assess community interest and needs, strengthen community outreach & development, build a robust volunteer recruitment and management system, and increase farmer engagement and produce recovery support in order to expand area gleaning capacity. Captured produce through the gleaning effort will be distributed through the local hunger response network to benefit individuals and families in need who may live at or below federal levels of poverty. Rotary First Harvest’s program, Harvest Against Hunger, acts as a program incubator and catalyst, utilizing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA who build sustainable community food security programs. These range from gleaning projects, to regional food security assessments, to expanding community-run gardens and food bank farms. VISTAs serve with their projects for a year, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, addressing challenges related to supply chain management, like the transportation and distribution of gleaned produce, and create systems to collect data and evaluate programs. Harvest Against Hunger projects also aim to involve the larger community in addressing food insecurity. Are you interested in hunger relief, food waste, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, or public health? Want to build your skills as a community organizer and leader by creating community buy-in and strengthening relationships between food banks and farmers? Interested in capacity building and program sustainability? Come join a network of committed Harvest VISTA to increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA will develop the program model for produce recovery in the Yakima region. As part of this plan, the Harvest VISTA will develop, test, and refine systems for sustainable volunteer recruitment and volunteer leadership programs; create a grower outreach plan to introduce the gleaning program and solicit support from farmers and gardeners; and strengthen and grow partnerships with other local and regional hunger relief efforts. Within this three-pronged approach, the Harvest VISTA will also streamline systems to track produce recovery data. The Harvest VISTA will implement gleaning coordination and oversee program logistics. The Harvest VISTA will also work to develop a sustainability plan for the gleaning and produce recovery program.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking . 
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Harvest Against Hunger - OIC in Yakima

Program Start/End Date
04/15/2019  -   04/14/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  02/06/2019  To  03/22/2019 

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

Listing ID 85164