School Meals & Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

Utahns Against Hunger
AmeriCorps VISTA position
School Meals & Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

Who We Are:
For 30 years Utahns Against Hunger (UAH) has created the political and public will to end hunger by working to expand the reach of nutrition programs to the estimated 1 in 6 households in Utah that now struggle to afford enough food. We are not an emergency food provider. Food pantries and charities make up only about 15% of all food assistance in our state. So instead we work hard every day to shape public policy and make nutrition programs work for the people who need them.
We work to build the public will to end hunger by educating and collaborating with local policymakers who decide how programs work. We strengthen child nutrition by promoting and expanding summer food programs, school meals, and by ensuring that safety net programs like WIC and Food Stamps are doing what they are supposed to do. We grow community networks by helping to build the capacity of local charities and ensuring people in need know where to go for help in their local communities. And finally, we raise the profile of hunger by working with media, community groups, educators, and religious organizations.

What VISTA is:
AmeriCorps VISTA builds capacity in non-profit organizations and communities to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers.
School Meals & Food Stamps at Farmers Markets VISTA Job Description:
This Utahns Against Hunger Vista position will focus on building the capacity of UAH’s child nutrition work and working on coordinating UAH’s efforts around food stamp at farmers markets.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized individual who can help Utahns Against Hunger:
 Work with schools and community partners to determine the needs and capacity of various ways to improve child nutrition programs and school meals in Utah, including options to increase breakfast participation and Farm-to-Cafeteria
 Coordinate certain aspects of Food Stamps efforts at Farmers Markets including: facilitating volunteers at the Murray Farmers Market, outreach materials with the Department of Workforce Services, and press around food stamps at farmers markets
 Help put in place the new UAH database that will be used by staff and volunteers
 Participate in statewide dialogue about the WIC program
Note: VISTA members mostly perform indirect service in order to build capacity and sustainability for an organization.

Preferred Skills:
• Excellent written and communication skills • Able to work independently and take initiative
• Responsible, independent and open to learning and feedback
• Team-oriented with a good sense of humor • Experience with Microsoft office
• Spanish language skills a plus
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you are eligible for the following:
• Living allowance of $10,680 per year • Health Insurance
• Education Award (Upon completion of service-$5550) • Student Loan Deferment
To learn more about VISTA, go to http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp
To learn more about Utahns Against Hunger, go to http://www.uah.org
To Apply:  Email your cover letter and resume to evans@uah.org by 12 noon MST on 12/9/11.

Utahns Against Hunger
AmeriCorps VISTA position
School Meals & Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

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