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!

Have questions? Email Terri at henning {at} compactnh(.)org

Open positions are listed in GREEN, closed positions in RED

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 youth and their families. The VISTA will broaden and enhance nutrition services for after school and summer programs, and expand our outreach to provide healthy food to the homeless through public awareness and additional meal sites. 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.

Campus Compact NH

The AmeriCorps member serving at Campus Compact for New Hampshire will work to address food insecurity for NH communities by developing sustainable programs at NH colleges and universities and creating community coalitions to address hunger. The VISTA will support programs, events and activities that address hunger by harnessing the resources of higher education. The VISTA will also develop programming that addresses food insecurity on college campuses and create sustainable solutions that help campuses meet the needs of their students.

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.

FIT (Families In Transition)

Do you want to serve with an organization committed to relieving hunger and poverty? Then there’s a place for you at Families in Transition-New Horizons (FITNH) as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. Join Families in Transition-New Horizons to: Use your skills to help a New Hampshire city tackle pressing issues such as poverty and food insecurity, give back to the community while gaining valuable leadership skills and work on meaningful projects that you’re passionate about. The FITNH AmeriCorps VISTA project provides an opportunity for community engagement, development of organizational structure, explore sustainability, research best practices, research and organize providers for collaborative opportunities.  The position will also be hands on in helping food service organizations provide food directly to those in need.  This position is a wonderful balance of community organizing work and direct food service opportunities.

River Valley Community College

The AmeriCorps Vista at River Valley Community College will coordinate food pantries at all three locations and increase community engagement activities between partners. This position will play a role in completing college and community assessments to gather data regarding food insecurity and community demographic information. Data will be used to promote solutions for students and community members as RVCC sustains food pantries and community engagement activities. RVCC has a goal of implementing a community garden at the Claremont campus to promote farm to table initiatives. Marketing the food pantries and promoting healthy cooking initiatives to promote wellness will be implemented into the Vista role. The position may be part time on site and part time remote due to COVID-19.

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.