Every year, Indy Hunger Network partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsers several AmeriCorps VISTA positions to build capacity within the our organization and Indianpolis' food system. AmeriCorps VISTAs are Volunteers in Service To America who work within their community to fight different aspects of poverty. Though it is considered volunteer position, a living stipend and other benefits are provided. To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA and the Corporation for National and Community Serive, click here.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Position

Indy Hunger Network is developing creative approaches to improve access to food resources for people facing food insecurity. Join us to help end hunger in the Greater Indianapolis area!

Program Description:

The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a collaborative organization made up of non-profit and corporate partners working on hunger relief in the Greater Indianapolis area. IHN’s three focus areas are nutrition, access, and sustainability of the food supply in our community.

Many people experiencing food insecurity are not aware of the resources available to help them access healthy food. IHN is working on several projects to help people facing food insecurity connect with resources. Projects include developing a system of navigators to provide one-on-one assistance with accessing food resources; helping to market The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to reach more moms and kids; working with a low-income health clinic to reduce food insecurity in infants and their parents; collecting data on SNAP participation rates and changes over time; and working with small food pantries to implement best practices.

The VISTA will have the opportunity to build an extensive network, gain valuable professional experience, and gain a deep understanding of both public and private agencies, while helping the Indy Hunger Network achieve its goal to create a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need. (1200 characters)

Position Description:

The VISTA will work on a variety of projects simultaneously. Specific duties include:

While all projects provide opportunity to work collaboratively with food assistance professionals, most time is spent working independently. The VISTA must be self-motivated, disciplined, exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills, and be a creative thinker.

Apply for the Indy Hunger Network- Nutrition Program Coordinator position here!

Cooking Matters Coordinator Position 

Cooking Matters classes teach low-income adults essential skills for getting the most nutrition out of their limited budgets. Join us to help end hunger in the Greater Indianapolis area!

Program Description

The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a collaborative organization made up of non-profit and corporate partners working on hunger relief in the Greater Indianapolis area. IHN’s three focus areas are nutrition, access, and sustainability of the food supply in our community.

Many low-income people do not have the knowledge about healthy foods or the cooking skills they need to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals for their families. In 2015-16, IHN conducted a Cooking and Nutrition Education Pilot Program; classes were taught at five locations around the city, including food pantries and community centers. Participants reported improvements in their ability to stretch their dollars when shopping, prepare healthier meals, and cook more frequently after the course. The Cooking Matters Coordinator VISTA will help continue and expand the program to more sites in order to reach more people. The VISTA will develop new partnerships and assist with writing grant proposals to sustain the program long-term.

The VISTA will have the opportunity to build an extensive network and gain valuable professional experience, while helping the Indy Hunger Network achieve its goal to create a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need.

Position Description:

The VISTA will coordinate community-based cooking education classes using the Cooking Matters curriculum at existing class sites throughout Indianapolis and expand the program to new locations. Specific tasks will include:

The VISTA will work closely with partner organizations, including the Marion County Health Department, YMCA, and local community centers.

Apply for the Indy Hunger Network-Cooking Matters Coordinator position here!

Fresh Bucks Coordinator Position 

The Fresh Bucks program helps low-income families purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables while also supporting local farmers. Join us to help end hunger in the Greater Indianapolis area!

Program Description:

Fresh Bucks increases access to and the affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets for customers paying with a SNAP EBT card (formerly called food stamps). For every dollar a SNAP recipient spends on fruits and vegetables at a participating farmers’ market, her or she will receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $20, increasing their purchasing power and increasing sales for Indiana farmers. The Fresh Bucks program was developed and implemented by an Indy Hunger Network VISTA in 2014 and has expanded to 12 markets in the greater Indianapolis area. The new AmeriCorps VISTA will coordinate the Fresh Bucks program at the existing farmers’ markets while working to expand the program at additional farmers’ markets and into two retail grocers in cooperation with Gleaners Food Bank.

Position Description:

The VISTA will be responsible for three vital parts of the program: community outreach, recording and analyzing performance at farmers’ markets, and expanding the program into new outlets. Specific tasks will include:

This position may also collaborate on nutrition education programs. The VISTA will have the opportunity to build an extensive network and gain valuable professional experience, while helping the Indy Hunger Network achieve its goal of creating a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need.

Apply for the Indy Hunger Network-Fresh Bucks Coordinator position here!

 

For more information, contact Kate Howe, Managing Director, Indy Hunger Network at kate@indyhunger.org.