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Community Food Access Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

Title: Community Food Access Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

Terms: Temporary (1-year), Volunteer with Living Stipend

Hours: Full-time, Monday through Friday, some evenings and weekends required

Supervised by: Director of Programs

Location: Remote, with office access for printing, scanning, etc. on an as-needed basis.

The Community Food Access VISTA will work with the Food Literacy Project (FLP) team to develop a community-responsive framework to promote fresh food access in Louisville neighborhoods by leveraging partnerships and produce grown at Iroquois Urban Farm. This initiative will be brought to life through the recruitment and engagement of volunteers and youth program participants working together to break the cycle of poverty by creating long-term systemic changes in their community’s food system. Over the long-term, FLP’s staff and Youth Community Food Leaders will take on additional leadership in ensuring the sustainability of these efforts.

THE ORGANIZATION: The Food Literacy Project’s mission is youth transforming their communities through food, farming, and the land. Working toward a vision for a healthy and equitable community where people and places thrive since 2006, FLP engages youth, their families, schools and neighbors in hands-on learning and leadership development experiences with farming and fresh foods at outdoor classrooms on Oxmoor Farm and Iroquois Urban Farm, in school gardens, classrooms and kitchens, and through our mobile education garden, Truck Farm. The organization advances a more just and sustainable food system and strengthens communities, positioning youth as drivers of personal and social change. The Food Literacy Project’s values include:

ENERGY: We are bold and inspired by our community.

ROOTS: We are grounded and purposeful, connected with people and dedicated to sustainably

addressing community needs.

DISCOVERY: We embrace the joy of learning by doing.

CULTIVATION: We bring great care to our work and relationships; we nourish growth in our community, and in turn are nourished ourselves.

ABUNDANCE: We leverage our community’s diverse assets to achieve personal and social change.

JUSTICE: We pursue fairness and equity.

Responsibilities. The Community Food Access VISTA works under the direction of the Director of Programs to develop and strengthen a framework for a community-responsive food access initiative that promotes dignity and offers choice, leveraging youth leadership to involve multiple generations of families and neighbors in creating a healthy and equitable community where people and places thrive. Additionally, this VISTA will cultivate a program volunteer team that will expand, strengthen, and support implementation of hands-on education and youth development programs that help alleviate poverty by increasing access to healthful foods, promoting nutritional proficiency and advancing leadership, employment, and community engagement skills.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain communication and collaboration with community partners working to promote food access.
  • Keep FLP staff informed of new and emerging community needs, particularly as they relate to fresh, healthy food access.
  • Engage youth program participants in the work of urban farming as a means of community food sovereignty.
  • Coordinate food distribution efforts, along with corresponding gardening and nutrition education opportunities in collaboration with FLP staff, youth participants, and volunteers.
  • Work with FLP staff to identify and update volunteer opportunities and descriptions to increase programmatic capacity.
  • Through community engagement efforts, recruit, screen, and train prospective volunteers.
  • Keep volunteers engaged to strengthen volunteer retention, build a sense of community among volunteers, and increase capacity of virtual programming.
  • Work collaboratively and promote teamwork with staff, volunteers and stakeholders.
  • Complete other job duties as assigned, including administrative tasks associated with a small nonprofit organization.

Qualifications. 

  • Experience working culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations; experience working with south and west Louisville communities preferred.
  • Flexible and adaptable; Possesses a solution-oriented approach.
  • Thrives in a collaborative environment and establishes and maintains positive, effective working relationships with others; Brings a high level of professionalism to communication with staff, program participants, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Possesses excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and active listening skills.
  • Self-directed and organized, sets priorities and manages multiple projects at once.
  • Cultivates a culture of excellence, reflection, and teamwork among staff and volunteers.
  • Embraces a high level of responsibility and seeks and accepts direction as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates pride in work and attention to detail; Maintains accurate records and prepares compelling reports, etc.
  • Shares a commitment to the Food Literacy Project’s mission and vision. Embodies our core values: energy, roots, discovery, cultivation, abundance and justice. 
  • Physically able to participate in and lead farm and garden work projects (walking, lifting, kneeling, crouching, etc.) and to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Possesses a deep knowledge of food systems and food justice issues.
  • Experience and adaptability when using a computer and appropriate software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite, email, databases, etc.).
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable source of transportation.

Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Food Literacy Project emphasizes diversity in both our programs and staff, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable federal laws.

TO APPLY: Apply through the posting here on the AmeriCorps website. Direct any questions to Alix Davidson, FLP Director of Programs at alix@foodliteracyproject.org.