Preble Street Food Security Hub AmeriCorps VISTA, 08/15/2022 - 08/14/2023

Preble Street

About the organization

Preble Street is developing a sustainable, comprehensive, and collaborative approach dedicated to ending hunger in Maine.

Founded in 1975, the mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.

The Food Security Hub will function as an industrial kitchen, food processing center, educational/vocational site, office space, and conference center dedicated to discussions surrounding ending hunger. The FSH launched in December 2021 and is anticipated to be fully operational in 2023.

This position is part of Ending Hunger Corps, a 25-member cohort model VISTA program sponsored by Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF): https://www.maine.gov/dacf/about/commissioners/endhunger/

Duties

The Preble Street Food Security Hub Collaborations VISTA will be based in South Portland at our new Food Security Hub (FSH).

This VISTA position can play a key role in the evolution of our efforts to decrease food insecurity in our community, create strong and effective community partnerships, and bolster local agriculture and environmental sustainability. This individual will: • Learn about all aspects of Preble Street’s food programs • Engage with a broad range of partners to identify solutions to reduce food insecurity in the greater Portland area • Help to identify sites in the community where food is needed and may be distributed, and work at those sites to establish regular distributions • Share recommendations to improve the efficiency of food distribution.

The Preble Street Food Security Hub VISTA will be based at the new Food Security Hub (FSH) in South Portland and will engage with a broad range of partners, including agencies engaged in hunger relief work, various Preble Street programs, providers addressing poverty issues, tenants and administrators at low-income housing sites, and members of the population receiving services. The placement will coincide with the buildout of the FSH and will unfold in two segments. Phase one: program immersion and working with a team to identify sites in the community where food is needed and may be distributed, establishing regular distributions at those sites, making systemic improvements at existing sites, and reporting.

Qualifications

High school diploma/GED

Bilingual skills are a plus.

We are looking for a passionate, adaptable, and entrepreneurial person to facilitate collaborative efforts to combat food insecurity.

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

Salary

Bi-Weekly Stipend of $674.66, Plus Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon completion of service.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

For more information visit preblestreet.org or contact Joe Conroy at [email protected] with questions.

Please apply through the my.americorps portal by clicking "APPLY TO JOB."

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