NH Food Insecurity AmeriCorps Program Service Positions

Below are service listings for the NH Food Insecurity Program. There are 19 VISTA positions and one VISTA Leader position. Apply today to start making a difference!

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Open positions are listed in GREEN, closed positions in RED

NH Food Insecurity - NHTI - Concord's Community College

The AmeriCorps member serving at NHTI-Concord’s Community College will be engaged in fighting food insecurity both on campus and in the greater Concord region. By conducting community asset mapping, research, community focus groups and community stakeholder meetings the VISTA will gather feedback to enhance the current food insecurity programming on campus and in the greater Concord region. In collaboration with community partners the VISTA will work on the design of a plan for moving forward with a sustainable, food pantry that provides increased nutrition and access to food to families in in the region. The VISTA will also work to develop new partners in food distribution to expand programing for future years.

NH Food Bank: Northern NH (2)

The North Country VISTA(s) will build the capacity of local partners to improve the healthy futures of individuals who are hunger insecure in the region by developing and implementing innovative food distribution systems and processes. As a result of VISTA service, the region will have increased efficacy, effectiveness and reach, ensuring that children who are food insecure and adults have better access to healthy, nutritious food year-round. This VISTA will develop an understanding of the program’s current operations, and about other key community partners’ roles and initiatives in providing food to people who are low-income in the region; expand and enhance systems and processes in the region to support multiple distribution sites; implement marketing strategies to raise awareness about the food security resources in the North Country to garner additional resources (donations and volunteers) to alleviate poverty; use ripple effect mapping to identify and document project outcomes.

Friends of Mascoma

The VISTA at Friends of Mascoma will assist FOM as we work to foster educational advancements and nutritional well-being for students and their families within the Mascoma Valley Regional School District. Friends of Mascoma is in a period of growth and expansion and the VISTA member will specifically work with FOM on ways to broaden and deepen our commitment to combatting food insecurity in our District through our Friends Feeding Friends program. The VISTA member will improve our pantry systems and operations to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness in which we deliver services; work with existing and identify new stakeholders to make FOM’s community garden plans and community planting workshops series come to fruition; work with members of the community to ascertain FOM’s effectiveness and impact in the community.

Manchester School District

The AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Manchester School District will address hunger and poverty issues for the students and families of students from the Manchester School District by fostering the growth and expansion of existing community-based coalitions and developing and supporting the creation of additional partners through various methods including assessing and identifying community needs, increasing awareness of programs, events and activities, strengthening partnerships and creating opportunities for involvement through outreach, communication, education and engagement.

Manchester Community College

The AmeriCorps VISTA member at Manchester Community College will address hunger and poverty issues for the students and families at college and in the larger Manchester community. The project will also develop and implement strategies for addressing food insecurity. This will be done by fostering the growth and expansion of existing community-based coalitions and developing and supporting the creation of additional partners through various methods including assessing and identifying community needs, increasing awareness of programs, events and activities, strengthening partnerships and creating opportunities for involvement through outreach, communication, education and engagement.

Franklin High School

Franklin High School seeks a VISTA member to facilitate access, organize space, report data, and increase sustainability to our Karma Korner, a classroom space where students can access their basic needs (food, clothing, toiletries, school supplies, washers & dryers, etc.). Karma Korner was created to improve school attendance and increase access to food and basic needs for our students on non-school days or week. The VISTA member will collaborate with school staff, the FIRST Robotics Team & mentors, and community partners to create and implement accessibility to Karma Korner and the on-campus laundromat. The VISTA member will be responsible for receiving community donations, creating food bags, collecting data, and organizing Karma Korner for ease of access for students and their guardians. The VISTA member will also work with the Franklin Community Center to assist with the summer meal programing and local food distribution for our students as needed due to the pandemic.

Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry

The AmeriCorps member serving at Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry (TRIFP) will work with local community groups and agencies to address food insecurity in our area aimed at families, youth, and the elderly. The VISTA will broaden and enhance nutrition services in our Pantry and current school program, and expand our ability to provide healthy food to the homeless through public awareness and better options in our Choice Pantry.   The position will work with Director and the Board of Directors to help in the design and creation of a multi-functional website and further use of existing database software.

Claremont Soup Kitchen

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will coordinate and upport the Upper Valley Land Trust with maintaining the Claremont Soup Kitchen’s Garden. Recruit and instruct volunteers with their duties within the garden. Coordinate pickup for the produce from the garden. The VISTA member will coordinate community-wide efforts in order to increase the reach of emergency food across Claremont, avoid duplication of services and improve efficiency of activities. This will be done through planning and coordinating monthly food access meetings. These meetings were previously held however have diminished. The VISTA will plan with local organizations and individuals to reestablish meetings. The VISTA member will also increase the social presence of the Claremont Soup Kitchen. This will be done through maintaining our website and social media posts.

Plymouth State University

The AmeriCorps VISTA position, within the Office of Community Impact at Plymouth State, will work with students, staff, faculty, and community partners focusing on hunger and poverty in New Hampshire. This position will work on initiatives to build capacity of the institution to address hunger and basic needs in the community. While this position will have a large focus on the campus community, it will also explore the intersectionality of the university and local community by partnering with local resources and partners in the surrounding community. This AmeriCorps VISTA position will do this through various methods including assessing and identifying community needs, increasing awareness of programs, events and activities, strengthening partnerships and creating opportunities for involvement through outreach, communication, education and engagement.

YMCA Downtown Manchester

The AmeriCorps member serving at YMCA Downtown Manchester will work with local agencies to support and expand food insecurity initiatives in the city aimed at youth and their families. The VISTA assist with increasing the reach and impact of the current network of volunteers, partners, and donors by creating educational materials and opportunities for engagement. The position will increase and enhance nutrition services at afterschool/summer program sites, including increasing access meal sites during school breaks and summer. The VISTA will also engage in volunteer recruitment, volunteer management and fundraising.

VISTA Leader

The VISTA Leader will work to create programming that fosters a connection among the AmeriCorps team across New Hampshire and provide the team with support and resources as they carry out their year of service, which includes leading regular team meetings and trainings, conducting site visits, assessing and implementing professional development opportunities, providing ongoing support to VISTA site supervisors, and contributing to the AmeriCorps network in NH. The VISTA Leader will serve at the NH Food Bank and in addition to working with the VISTA they will support expanded programs at the Food Bank and identify long term strategies for addressing food insecurity.

White Mountains Community College

The New Hampshire Food Insecurity AmeriCorps program is a full-time VISTA service opportunity. AmeriCorps members serve with community based organizations, youth serving organizations and colleges to build capacity for local communities to address food insecurity. This VISTA Program provides high-impact professional development and training for our VISTA members. Training addresses skills required to carry out the assigned VISTA role, as well as skill-building that will be valuable to the VISTA member in their future professional pursuits. The program is a cohort-based experience that creates the opportunity to learn from peers in the program, to share what is learned in service, and to foster a supportive service year community.

YMCA of Strafford County

The YMCA of Stafford County is looking for a VISTA volunteer to assist with in house food programming, education and community engagement. Specifically this includes: Oversee the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program at the branch. This involves planning menus, purchasing food and providing snacks to ELC and Schools out programs and will take approximately 30 -50% of time. • Create and lead nutritional education programs for youth at the Y and in the community. With other food serving organizations in Strafford County identify need and access of recipients. This will involve gathering information and researching community needs. The ideal candidate will have a passion for food insecurity, working with youth and community collaborations. They will be able to handle details well and engage with people from all walks of life. Key attributes will be a leader and a self-starter.