Campus Kitchen AmeriCorps VISTA
About Campus Kitchen:
The Campus Kitchen at UGA spotlights sustainable solutions to hunger and food waste and showcases a mutually beneficial university-community partnership. Campus Kitchen runs a food recovery and redistribution enterprise led by UGA students that transforms unused food into meals and groceries for delivery to older adults and human service agencies in Athens, GA.
Campus Kitchen’s work results in equipped, connected and inspired student change-makers, clients receiving nourishment and fellowship through the revealed power of food, and our community growing in our understanding of the systemic challenges facing older adults and our food system. The Campus Kitchen at UGA is an affiliate of the Campus Kitchens Project, and was the first Campus Kitchen to open in Georgia in 2012. The Campus Kitchen at UGA remains centrally focused on combating senior hunger, and is a member of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition.
About AmeriCorps VISTA:
AmeriCorps VISTA members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities.
The AmeriCorps VISTA position with Campus Kitchen is a year-long service term beginning February 19th, 2019 and ending February 18th, 2020. The position’s benefits include: AmeriCorps VISTA living allowance during service, relocation allowance, health coverage, choice of education award or end of service cash stipend, and mileage reimbursements for work-related travel. Applicants are strongly encouraged to learn about the AmeriCorps VISTA program and the program terms of service before applying.
The Campus Kitchen AmeriCorps VISTA member will focus on growing the program’s capacity to serve food-insecure seniors by strengthening volunteer recruitment, training, and recognition procedures and sustain partnerships with volunteer organizations. The VISTA will leverage resources to invest in student leader training and outreach education, and improve existing fundraising efforts. The VISTA will raise awareness about issues of senior hunger and the efforts of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition through public outreach events and media content development to inspire others to action.
Knowledge, Skills, Competencies Preferred:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively with community partners
Experience managing and recruiting volunteers
Food service or culinary experience
Programming or education experience related to food security or nutrition
Professional, personal or academic interest in gerontology, public health, or food security
Understanding of food safety issues and controls
Knowledge of grant writing and fundraising methods
Knowledge of principles of service-learning and community engagement
Ability to work independently on complex tasks
Access to a personal vehicle
Ability to lift 50 pounds
How To Apply:
Applicants must apply through the MyAmeriCorps.gov portal in order for their application to be considered. Inquires may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms of Service before applying.