Currently in Cook County, one in five children are food insecure, not knowing when or from where their next meal will come from. Hunger amongst children has lasting effects- increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches, and colds. The number of children in Illinois who qualify for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program has been on the rise. In response to the need, the Food Depository collaborates with area schools, after-school and summer programs to provide nutritious food year-round to approximately 250,000 children in Cook County.
Two VISTA members will establish and cultivate new partnerships with schools, teachers, administrators, parents and the community on the promotion of school breakfast for children through the National School Breakfast Program.
AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance of $12,312 (paid bi-weekly) during their year of service. Upon successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps VISTA members have an option to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end of service stipend. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is $5,730.00 and can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. The end of service stipend accrues at a rate of $125 per month (or $1,500 per year). AmeriCorps VISTA members also receive health care benefits, child care assistance, student loan forbearance, professional development and training. With 62 AmeriCorps State-National members serving since 2009, VISTA candidates join a network of individuals committed to National Service at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America and was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. Since its founding, over 180,000 individuals have served as VISTA members. This year AmeriCorps VISTA will capitalize on the skills of over 7,000 Americans to support community efforts to overcome poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve at over 1,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and other community organizations across the country - building capacity and helping communities meet critical needs.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 68 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 155,000 meals every day.
Please click on the following link to apply for this opportunity: AmeriCorps Vista - School Breakfast Coordinator