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*MTCC VISTA- University of Montana Food Pantry
 
 
 
The University of Montana Food Pantry is located in Missoula, Montana. The goal of the UM Food Pantry is to provide free food and hygiene products to UM students, staff, and others experiencing basic needs insecurity, in a confidential and dignified way. This will increase performance and graduation rates, which will lead to students to successful careers. Student food insecurity is a growing problem in the U.S. Students may be less eligible for SNAP and other public assistance programs due to certain requirements for students to qualify. Financial aid may not be enough to adequately address student food needs, especially depending on their student status. According to a 2018 Wisconsin Hope Lab study, the largest national survey of its kind, approximately 36% of university students experience food insecurity, and their larger study the previous year found that approximately 56% of community college students experience food insecurity. A lack of consistent healthy food can drastically reduce student’s ability to perform at their best due to significantly decreased energy and concentration. Providing free food to students in need will not only help them live healthily, but also succeed in completing their education and attaining a degree to pursue a career, which will increase graduation rates and employment as a result.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA will apply for available grants, work with the University of Montana Foundation to seek other grant opportunities; develop a coalition of pantries and partner organizations; contact college food pantries and create a platform to share information and resources; and organize online/teleconference meetings between college campus food pantries, and provide updates on the pantry’s progress, ask questions, and offer suggestions. Additionally, the VISTA will work with university departments to organize lectures on basic needs insecurity, SNAP, and other resources; and prepare presentations and handouts on basic needs insecurity statistics and addressing misconceptions. The VISTA will also connect with companies to provide a consistent supply of healthy and preference-accommodating products for the pantry; reach out to organizations who donate food and hygiene products and make partnerships to provide free or more affordable products to the pantry.
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Hunger . 
 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Education ,  Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
*MTCC VISTA- University of Montana Food Pantry

Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/06/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/18/2019  To  06/07/2019 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
4062432379
foster@mtcompact.org
www.mtcompact.org/
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88401


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