AmeriCorps VISTA Food Security Champion, 8/15/2022- 8/14/2023

Disability Rights Maine

About the organization

Disability Rights Maine is Maine’s statewide federally and state funded “Protection and Advocacy” agency for people with disabilities. DRM is a non-profit organization, started in 1977, working to ensure autonomy, inclusion, equality, and access and fighting to enforce and advance the rights of Maine citizens with disabilities.

For more information about DRM, visit our website at www.drme.org. Any questions, feel free to call Kim Moody at 207.626.2774.

This position contributes to Maine’s historic goal of ending hunger in the state by 2030 as part of Ending Hunger Corps, a 25-member cohort model VISTA program sponsored by Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF). Find out more here: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/about/commissioners/endhunger/

Duties

From August 15, 2022 through August 14, 2023, DRM is excited to host a VISTA Food Security Champion who will be an integral part of each of our teams. Our VISTA Food Security Champion will become a policy expert in the area of food insecurity as it relates to disability in Maine. The Champion will represent DRM and our clients, join coalitions working to end hunger, become an expert in ending hunger strategies, develop materials for statewide dissemination, become a spokesperson and a leader in the disability community, provide cross-agency training within DRM, hone public speaking skills and work directly with DRM’s management team. DRM’s VISTA Food Security Champion will travel statewide and be reimbursed for all mileage and other travel costs, will take part in DRM’s professional development trainings and be offered a reimbursement stipend for self-care and supplemental food.

Qualifications

Some college

Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Car recommended.

Duties (cont.):
The VISTA Food Security Champion will establish representation of people with disabilities within the community of practice working to improve food security and develop expertise in ending hunger strategies to bring to the disability community statewide. Specific activities will include: o Researching food insecurity, collecting and assessing all available data relevant to the hunger of people with disabilities in Maine; o Determining which 8-10 food access organizations are the leaders statewide and meet with them all; o Learning about available federal, state, and local resources and movement leaders, and developing relationships; o Developing resources, materials and a statewide outreach plan; o Writing blogs and website content; o Educating Speaking Up for Us and Consumer Council System of Maine about food insecurity; o Educating at least 200 people with disabilities about the existing federal nutrition programs; o Surveying, screening and training DRM staff.

Salary

Bi-Weekly Stipend of $575.40, Plus Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon completion of service.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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