Food Security Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA

Arizona Food Bank Network

About the organization

The Arizona Food Bank Network (AzFBN) is a coalition of 5 regional food banks and almost 1,000 food pantries and agencies, working to address hunger in Arizona. Together, our network feeds almost one million people each year in all 15 counties in Arizona. We amplify the good work of these food banks by raising awareness about hunger, coordinating large food donations between food banks, and providing resources and education.

We are not a food bank ourselves, but support food banks, collaborating with them and government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other partners to create a hunger-free Arizona.

Duties

The goal of this VISTA project is to assist with building the capacity for the Ajo Food Pantry, host organization (Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture) and the community at large. The Food Security Coordinator will develop rules, regulations, volunteer guidelines, and best practices for the Ajo Food Pantry as well as assist with the community food security assessment. Based on gained experiences and research of the newly implemented Ajo Food Pantry, these findings will enable the Ajo Food Pantry, Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture and partners to better serve the food insecure population of Ajo and its surrounding communities, in specific the western districts of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Through the efforts of the VISTA member, those that are food insecure will be able to continue to access food and other food-security-related resources.

Throughout the first year of the project, the VISTA will work towards building capacity by conducting an Ajo Community Food Assessment, creating an Ajo Food Security Plan, developing the Ajo Food Pantry Guidelines and Policies, creating and implementing the Ajo Food Pantry Fundraising Plan, and conducting an Ajo Food Pantry Volunteer Recruitment and Cultivation Plan.

The outcomes of the VISTAs work will result in improved access to healthy, nutritious, locally-grown and culturally-appropriate foods for those in need and improving the local partner capacity through acquiring new skills and knowledge, and relationships.

Qualifications

• College degree, or relevant experience in place of degree
• Prior experience conducting outreach and building relationships with diverse groups
• Prior experience working independently in implementing programs
• Comfortability facilitating meetings with large groups
• Strong initiative and ability to work with limited supervision
• Ability to effectively collect and document qualitative data
• Excellent networking, communication, and interpersonal skills
• Prior experience working with Native Americans and/or Hispanic and/or other socially disadvantaged groups is desired
• Prior knowledge, or willingness to learn about Native American history, specifically as it relates to food
• Experience conducting community assessments or research is a plus
• Strong organizational skills
• Passion for combating hunger
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products
• Able to travel as needed throughout the state; work related travel reimbursed

Salary

Living allowance

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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