Anti-Hunger Corps-Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Hunger Free America (HFA), in conjunction with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, is in its second year of the Anti-Hunger Corps (AHC), an 88 member, nationwide AmeriCorps VISTA program. This program engages VISTA members and partnering organizations in moving families beyond the soup kitchen by breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthful, nutritious foods.
The AHC VISTA program aims to address hunger, poverty, and build the capacity of the agencies that address these issues. Members will assist unemployed and under-employed people obtain job training, job placement, and financial literacy services; improve access to food from government and nonprofit sources for targeted populations in particular and food insecure people in general; enable residents of food deserts to access healthier foods through farmers markets and community gardens; more low-income children to obtain free school breakfasts and summer meals; effective nonprofit groups fighting hunger and poverty to raise more money and recruit and manage more volunteers, particularly high-impact and skilled volunteers. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.
Member Duties : The VISTA volunteer will work closely with The Food Bank's 176 member agencies to help build relationships through trainings and other capacity building activities. The VISTA volunteer will also help forge ties between agencies so that they can share best operating practices and collaborate on hunger-relief efforts.
The VISTA volunteer will build relationships with member agency clients to collect critical data and feedback pertaining to hunger-relief safety net programs, including SNAP, and food access. Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Health Coverage* , Living Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Relocation 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 . Service Areas :
Community Outreach , Hunger . Skills :
Communications , Leadership , Community Organization , Social Services .