Harvest VISTA Positions
Are you interested in hunger relief, food waste, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, or public health? Want to build your skills as a community organizer and leader by creating community buy-in and strengthening relationships between food banks and farmers? Interested in capacity building and program sustainability? Join a network of committed Harvest VISTA to increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations!
Columbia Gorge Food Systems Coordinator, Washington State University Extension (Goldendale, WA)
The VISTA will conduct a needs assessment, take inventory of local assets, and identify gaps in state wide services missing from Klickitat and Skamania Counties. The VISTA will work to identify funding opportunities and develop partnerships with local agencies to advance programs that best serve the needs of the food insecure in the Gorge. The Harvest VISTA will also work to develop a sustainability plan for these programs that includes evaluations and recording impacts. The VISTA will be given opportunities to play to their individual strengths and special interests around the broad topic of Food Systems as approved by the supervisor.
Food Access and Donations Coordinator, Opportunities Industrialization Center (Yakima, WA)
In Yakima, Washington, the Harvest VISTA project is located at the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), a multi-service nonprofit community action agency that operates a food bank and distribution center. The VISTA will assess community interest and needs, strengthen community outreach& development, build a robust volunteer recruitment and management system, and increase farmer engagement and produce recovery support in order to expand area gleaning capacity. Captured produce through the gleaning effort will be distributed through the local hunger response network to benefit individuals and families in need who may live at or below federal levels of poverty.
Volunteer and Program Expansion Coordinator, Concrete Jungle (Atlanta, GA)
While Concrete Jungle harvests 30,000+ pounds of produce each year, they collect from only 10% of the fruit trees around Atlanta. They believe we can harvest much more produce if they can leverage our existing resources to build capacity. They hope to engage an AmeriCorps VISTA member to build our capacity by formalizing processes around their fruit tree management, volunteer events, and produce distribution programs. The VISTA will also create a volunteer management strategy and leadership programming while piloting the satellite Concrete Jungle program.
Outreach Coordinator, Petaluma Bounty (Petaluma, CA)
The AmeriCorps volunteer will provide capacity building support to a food recovery program, a demonstration production farm, nutrition incentive distribution programs, healthy eating initiatives, and mapping initiatives of our existing emergency food distribution network. Capacity building support may look different for each initiative but will likely include the following duties- recruit, train, and retain volunteers for our growing programs; help us create protocols and templates for training; help us seek funding to sustain programs and support our community!