Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA members

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University of Northern Iowa's Local Food Program at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education is looking to hire 4 AmeriCorps VISTA members to assist us in developing three new food access/security initiatives serving households and neighborhoods in need in Black Hawk County, Iowa.

University of Northern Iowa and Black Hawk County Extension & Outreach in collaboration with key community partners (including Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Operation Threshold and others) will be launching three community initiatives:

1.The Maples Legacy Garden--will empower people and provides access to nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables among the low income individuals, many of whom are recent refugees.

2.Waterloo Mobile Produce Stand--will make fresh produce from local farms available to several low income neighborhoods at affordable prices, and

3.Leveraging for Health--involves creative strategies to significantly increase access to good food for people currently receiving food assistance: "SNAP Match", increasing redemption rate for WIC and SNAP in venues where more fruits and vegetables are available, "corner stores" initiative, "Health Bucks" and many others ways of leveraging existing funds to increase access to good food even more.

VISTA members will be a critical part of fully developing the infrastructure needed to implement these three initiatives successfully.

We're looking for college graduates with a passion for community service, especially in the area of health, food security and improving access to good food for populations in need.

There will be training in July and the work will begin in August for one full year.  VISTA members receive a living stipend of $11,676 for the year, $5,730 in education award (which can be applied to grad school or student loans), and other benefits (see the attached for details). 

Interested applicant should contact:

Kamyar Enshayan, Director
[email protected]