Nutriton Education/Healthy Food Access AmeriCorps VISTA

The Star of the Sea Foundation

About the organization

The Star of the Sea Foundation (SOS) is implementing new and progressive initiatives to improve access to nutritious food for low-income individuals and children throughout Monroe County, Florida, and we are looking for a passionate, mission-driven individual to join our team!

With two food pantries and a new community kitchen, we serve 10,000 clients and distribute over 2 million pounds of food annually, saving Monroe County families an average of $73 per child, per month. We also provide nutrition education to 270 children and seniors monthly. Help us build our capacity to serve even more people, more effectively!

Duties

Assist SOS's Registered Dietician with the development and implementation of nutrition education programs at SOS's Community Kitchen;
Work with community partners to develop volunteer-to-work, job training, and internship programs to be implemented at the Community Kitchen;
Become knowledgeable about after school and summer meal program requirements, and develop capacity to increase program participation;
Enhance our current Child Nutrition Program by developing new menus that are both creative and nutritious, as well as encourage the consumption of healthy foods;
Incorporate the use of Tower Gardens and hydroponic systems into the Child Nutrition Program to increase knowledge of local food production;
Recruit and train volunteers to ensure long-term program sustainability at the SOS Outreach Mission (food pantry) and the Community Kitchen;
Assist with accurate data tracking and program evaluations at the Community Kitchen;
Additional duties as needed and as desired by the VISTA member.

Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree required
Relevant work, internship, and/or volunteer experience, with a particular emphasis on nutrition
Proven interest in nutrition, community health, food access issues, sustainability, education, and/or social justice
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience in community organizing and outreach is a plus
Ability and willingness to work with diverse groups of people
Have a vested interest in and desired to improve the health of low-income peoples, especially children

AmeriCorps VISTA Program:

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is the national service program designed to help alleviate poverty in underserved communities around the United States. The VISTA position is a full-time, year-long assignment and entails an annual living stipend of approximately $20,584 (as determined by AmeriCorps VISTA) and a possible supplemental housing allowance. At the end of the service year, VISTA members are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 to pay for student loans, OR an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,800. Additional benefits include relocation assistance (if applicable), health care benefits, and student-loan forbearance or deferment. The selected candidate will attend a VISTA pre-service orientation at a TBD date and location prior to beginning service at SOS.

For more information: http:www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/americorps-vista-faq

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send a resume and cover letter to Emily Nixon at [email protected]

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