The state of Illinois is home to approximately 700,000 Veterans, more than 160,000 of whom reside in Cook County. It is estimated that over 13,000 of these Veterans are living in poverty. On Veterans Day 2013, the Greater Chicago Food Depository responded to this by opening a food pantry at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (VAMC), in the Illinois Medical District, serving approximately 175 veterans each week. Following the success of the pantry at Jesse Brown VAMC, in November 2014 a second food pantry for Veterans was opened at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, located in Hines, Illinois, serving approximately 135 Veterans each week.
Duties & responsibilities:
Two half-time (920 hours in total; 18-24 hours per week) AmeriCorps members will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the pantry including, but not limited to: placing the weekly food order, scheduling and managing volunteers, facilitating the set-up and clean-up on the day of pantry distributions, record-keeping and reporting.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Hunger Action Corps members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.