UGA Campus Kitchen AmeriCorps VISTA University of Georgia VISTA Network
- Date Posted November 27, 2017
- Location Athens, GA
- Category Education / Nonprofit
- Job Type Full-Time
About AmeriCorps VISTA:
The AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program places passionate individuals in a year-long, full-time position to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational capacity of organizations that improve health and educational services, reduce food insecurity, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. AmeriCorps VISTAs are full-time, year-long volunteers and are compensated with a small living allowance (less than $1,000/month), health care benefits, a relocation allowance, and an end-of-term education grant or stipend. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review AmeriCorps VISTA terms of service at https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista Job Description
About the Organization
The Campus Kitchen at UGA is the student-powered hunger relief program of the UGA Office of Service-Learning. Each week, students transform unused food from grocery stores and farmers markets into meals and groceries that are delivered to older adults and service agencies in Athens, Georgia. The Campus Kitchen at UGA goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to combat senior isolation, foster community connections, and engage UGA students and faculty in developing sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.
Student leaders develop community partnerships, recover food, plan menus, run cooking shifts, deliver and redistribute food, and garden. Today, the Campus Kitchen at UGA serves 1,100 meals each month to older adults, their families, and aging service providers. Students lead community dinners, teach and manage a senior community garden, participate in an intergenerational Lunch Buddy program. For more information, visit our website at ck.uga.edu.
The Campus Kitchen at UGA is an affiliate of the Campus Kitchens Project, and was the first Campus Kitchen to open in Georgia in 2012. The Campus Kitchen at UGA remains centrally focused on combating senior hunger, and is a member of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition.
About the Position
The VISTA member will focus on increasing Campus Kitchen’s capacity to efficiently collect food donations and distribute meals to food-insecure seniors in Athens-Clarke County. The VISTA will strengthen volunteer recruitment and training procedures and sustain partnerships with UGA service-learning courses, UGA student organizations, and local service agencies. The VISTA will leverage resources to invest in student leader training and education, and improve existing fundraising efforts. The VISTA will also support UGA undergraduate interns on the Campus Kitchen’s Leadership Team.
The position is a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA term beginning February 26th, 2018 and ending February 25th, 2019. The position’s benefits include: AmeriCorps VISTA living allowance during service, relocation allowance, health coverage, choice of education award or end of service cash stipend, and mileage reimbursements for work-related travel. Applicants are strongly encouraged to learn about the AmeriCorps VISTA program and terms of service before applying.
Knowledge, Skills, Competencies Preferred:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively with community partners
- Experience managing and recruiting volunteers
- Food service or culinary experience
- Programming or education experience related to food security or nutrition
- Professional, personal or academic interest in gerontology, public health, or food security
- Understanding of food safety issues and controls
- Knowledge of grant writing and fundraising methods
- Knowledge of principles of service-learning and community engagement
- Ability to work independently on complex tasks
- Access to a personal vehicle is required