Harvest VISTA Program

Are you interested in becoming a full-time Harvest VISTA member? Check out our available positions!

“For us, the program started as a leap of faith. We weren’t sure exactly how the VISTA resource could be used to support our food system and hunger relief work on the Peninsula, but we knew we wanted to build something better. After the third year of the program and witnessing first-hand the collective impact of the Harvest VISTAs' work on all aspects of our food system, I can’t imagine where we’d be without them."
Clea Rome
Director, WSU Clallam County Extension

Our Harvest VISTA program acts as an incubator and catalyst, utilizing a team of AmeriCorps members with the VISTA program embedded in local food system organizations across the county to serve marginalized and underserved communities. While serving at their host sites, Harvest VISTA members build and strengthen capacity for gleaning and produce recovery, as well as for local food systems. The produce recovery and gleaning programs focus on increasing access to local, fresh produce at the farm level, from urban fruit tree share programs in Salt Lake City to independent farm partnerships in Boston. The food system programs improve on existing models and create new ones, such as a grocery delivery program in Atlanta developed in the wake of COVID-19.  

Harvest VISTA members create new opportunities for produce collection, volunteer recruitment, gleaning and gardening. By design, specific activities vary by location to meet community needs and available resources. Harvest VISTAs develop relationships with local growers, recruit new volunteers, build effective transportation networks and identify necessary resources to make these new programs successful and sustainable. They benefit from professional development opportunities, mentorship, monthly cohort meetings and trainings provided by Harvest Against Hunger and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

The goal of the Harvest VISTA program is to build sustainable and scalable projects. Since 2009, Harvest VISTA members have supported the development of more than 50 unique food system programs that will continue to benefit communities for years to come. 

Questions?  Please contact Maria Mendez-Francisco, Harvest VISTA Program Director.

Pounds of fresh produce gathered
Programs built
Farmers recruited

Current Harvest VISTA Members

Marie-Yvonne Chase

Harvest VISTA Leader: Recruitment  & Engagement Coordinator

Harvest Against Hunger

Seattle, WA

Laura Kozuszek, M.Sc.

Harvest VISTA Leader: Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Harvest Against Hunger

Seattle, WA

Anaistasia Gray

Cultural Food Program Coordinator VISTA

South King County Food Coalition

Des Moines, WA

Katie Allen

Community Harvest & Distribution Coordinator VISTA

Kitsap Harvest

Bremerton, WA

Luca Green

Tribal Food Systems VISTA

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Portland, OR

Meggie Stewart

Communications & Program Expansion VISTA

Concrete Jungle

Atlanta, GA

Bethany Brown

Community Food System VISTA

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC)

Walla Walla, WA

Danyelle Neumann

Fresh Express Mobile Farmers Market VISTA

Tacoma Farmers Market

Tacoma, WA

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