• Hunger Action Corps: Breakfast Outreach VISTA

    Internship Locations US-IL-Chicago
    ID
    2016-1355
    # of Openings
    1
  • Overview

    Currently in Cook County, one in six children are food insecure, not knowing when or from where their next meal will come. Childhood food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalization and obesity, and children experiencing hunger are more likely to experience serious short- and long-term health issues into adulthood. They also often have trouble learning and are more prone to behavioral and emotional problems.  Research indicates that even mild under-nutrition experienced by children during critical periods of growth may impair brain development.  Because hunger and academic performance are closely linked, the Food Depository strives to provide every child in Cook County with access to the nutrient-rich foods necessary to thrive and achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom. In particular, the organization focuses on ensuring all children have access to breakfast as they begin the school day. 

     

    Two VISTA fellows will establish and cultivate partnerships with schools, teachers, administrators, parents and the community on the promotion of Breakfast After the Bell for children through the National School Breakfast Program.  Additionally, VISTAs will support schools that currently have Breakfast After the Bell to maximize program efficiency.

     

    The Food Depository’s Hunger Action Corps program engages and cultivates social justice leaders who want to gain experience fighting hunger.  Through a combination of service, experiential learning and formal training opportunities, Hunger Action Corps members make a difference in the lives of Cook County residents while gaining valuable skills that will transform their own. 

     

    Since 2009, 90 AmeriCorps members have supported Food Depository programs that connect food insecure individuals to vital programs with the vision of creating stronger, healthier communities.  In that time, Corps members have also enhanced their skills to become the next generation of social justice leaders. 

     

    Throughout their service term, VISTAs receive a modest living allowance of $14,196 (paid bi-weekly). Upon successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps VISTA members have an option to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920) or an end of service stipend ($1,800). AmeriCorps VISTAs may also be eligible for health benefits, child care assistance, and student loan forbearance.

     

    Please click on the following link to apply for this opportunity:  AmeriCorps VISTA - Breakfast Outreach Coordinator

    Responsibilities

    • Understand the current status of breakfast programs within Cook County.
    • Identify districts to target and conduct outreach meetings.
    • Identify community leaders/groups to work with to improve their knowledge of childhood hunger and the role of school breakfast; enlisting them to advocate for their schools.
    • Work with targeted school districts to overcome issues that would limit participation in school breakfast.
    • Assist in connecting and providing schools technical assistance and identify methods for implementation and expansion.
    • Hold breakfast summit to engage schools and communities in school breakfast programs.

    Qualifications

    • Some college experience preferred, or 2+ years’ experience in community development and outreach
    • Strong passion for improving the lives of others and strengthening communities through service
    • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent project management and good organizational abilities required
    • Successful candidates will be detail-oriented
    • Candidates must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Proficient in MS Office applications
    • Position requires local travel – VISTAs must have personal transportation and provide proof of valid insurance

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