VISTA Volunteer, Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program

About the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:

An initiative of Hunger Free America since 2010, the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program (AHOC) is one of the largest anti-hunger AmeriCorps VISTA projects in the country. Its main focus is to fight hunger and improve nutrition, primarily by breaking down barriers to accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) as well as by expanding economic opportunity and ensuring healthy futures for all Americans mostly through the SNAP Employment and Training program. Members also serve to increase the capacity of anti-hunger community organizations to help meet the needs of low-income community members, particularly to seniors, working families and non-English speaking populations.   

Position Description:

United Way of New York City in partnership with Hunger Free America is seeking a full-time VISTA member. The VISTA will work closely with our ReadNYC Team and Community Building Unit to engage ReadNYC parents and coordinate with the FeedNYC team to identify and connect families to farmers markets accepting the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in our ReadNYC communities; as well as identify and connect parents to other programmatic initiatives that are focused on improving health and nutrition. Within UWNYC’s focus communities, the VISTA will work with community based partners to provide access and information on the SNAP Employment and Training Program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Support convening community leaders and members to identify SNAP program barriers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve access in their communities.
Assist coordinating with UWNYC’s volunteerism unit to conduct screening and application assistance.
Help to improve access to nutritious food options for ReadNYC children and families by enhancing awareness of the availability of utilization of benefits at farmers’ markets; support local, community gardening and agriculture efforts; and provide nutrition education information and opportunities for low-income members.
Assist community and faith-based organizations and state agencies in decreasing barriers and improving access to the SNAP) Program.

Time Commitment:

This is a one year, full-time position beginning July 31, 2017. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities.  For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here - http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM. 

Housing:

You are responsible for finding your own housing.  Hunger Free America offers a small housing assistance of no more than $400 per service year to its members; however, members will need to fund their own housing outside of Hunger Free America’s assistance.

Program Benefits:

  • $587.31 Living allowance, paid biweekly (see accompanying doc for amount)
  • Segal Education Award ($5,775) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
  • Health benefits*
  • Housing or alternative assistance of up to $400
  • Training support up to $500
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Optional life insurance
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to resume@uwnyc.org with the title UWNYC VISTA in the subject line

United Way of NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is UWNYC’s policy to treat everyone involved in its programs in a fair and non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizenship, age, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State or Local law. 

*For more information on health coverage provided through CNCS, visit:  http://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service#health_coverage