• AmeriCorps - Lunch Bus Associate

    Internship Locations US-IL-Chicago
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    In Cook County, one in five children are food insecure, not knowing when or from where their next meal will come.  Hunger among 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, the problem is exacerbated during summer break, when children no longer have access to healthy, free food through school.  With increased financial burdens, many families must make tough choices on where to cut expenses in order to put food on the table.  In an effort to reduce families’ struggles during these 11-weeks, the Greater Chicago Food Depository administers the Summer Food Service Program in Cook County at over 260 sites, and sends a mobile response – called the Lunch Bus – to 24 sites in underserved areas. 


    Four minimum-time AmeriCorps members will work on the front lines to fight hunger among children during the summer by distributing meals to children in need.  Members will serve Monday through Friday alongside the Food Depository’s volunteer drivers and site coordinators to ensure efficient and meaningful meal delivery.  Throughout the term, members must work together on a project of their choosing, and at the end of their AmeriCorps term, they must present their findings. 


    During their term, members receive a modest living allowance of $4,420, and upon successful completion of the program receive a Segal Education Award in the amount of $1,230.  The Segal Education Award can be used to pay qualified education expenses.  


    • Complete a minimum of 300 hours of service throughout Cook County's communities
    • Distribute food to children at 24 designated Lunch Bus stops located throughout Cook County, and assist with community outreach 
    • Assist with SFSP trainings as needed
    • Ensure that all meals are tracked and documented
    • Work as part of a cross-functional team that is developing and implementing strategies to strengthen communities and address the root causes of hunger
    • Participate in program evaluation through an ongoing group project
    • Present findings of the group project to key stakeholders at the end of the AmeriCorps term


    • Candidates must be friendly, outgoing, and be able to communicate diplomatically
    • Strong verbal communication skills required
    • Experience in providing outreach and direct services preferred, but not required
    • Previous experience with SFSP programs preferred, but not required
    • Must be comfortable working with diverse populations in various Cook County communities
    • Bilingual Spanish preferred, but not required


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