AmeriCorps Food Security VISTA opportunity with Healthy Acadia

Healthy Acadia is partnering with Hunger Free America to recruit a year-round AmeriCorps Food Security VISTA service member to improve access to healthy food for people experiencing food insecurity in Hancock County. The AmeriCorps VISTA will serve with Healthy Acadia in for one year, starting in October, and will address food insecurity by building partnerships between local farms and food pantries; increasing participation in community gardens; increasing participation in nutrition benefit programs at farmers markets and farm stands; organizing county-wide food drives and fundraising events; and recruiting volunteers.

AmeriCorps VISTA service members receive a $575.40 bi-weekly living allowance, health benefits, housing assistance for one month rent, potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service, relocation assistance (if applicable), child care assistance (if applicable), one-year non-competitive status for federal government positions and a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums. Upon successful completion of the service term, VISTA members will also receive an education award that may be used toward student loans or furthering education, or they can instead choose to receive a cash payout.

This is a great opportunity to make a lasting impact on your community; learn a wide range of skill sets; develop professional relationships with local, regional, and statewide partners; and learn what it’s like to work within the non-profit and public health sector. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and commit to full-time hours. 

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