Join a new initiative to design a suite of programs and network of community resources that can work together, collaboratively, and strategically, to alleviate the root causes of hunger and poverty in Indian River County, Florida. This is a 1-year contract with Vista, starting October 2020 thru October 2021.
Treasure Coast Food Bank (TCFB) has been committed to ending hunger in the community since 1988. Hunger is a systemic issue that plagues more than 86,000 residents on the tropical Treasure Coast in SE Florida. TCFB is deeply vested in addressing the systemic issues of hunger and offers an array of programs that go beyond providing nutritional food assistance. Realizing that solely providing food would not be enough to solve hunger, TCFB has established two one-stop shops that connect individuals and families to public benefits assistance, nutrition education, financial planning, senior programming, and child nutrition programs. In 2018, TCFB augmented this “Ending Hunger” framework by launching a workforce development program that trains unemployed/underemployed youth and adults.
Looking beyond its current programs, TCFB is poised to begin the next phase of its Ending Hunger work through two strategies: a) connect resource-limited populations with external community programs and services that can help these populations achieve stronger financial and food-security levels and b) forge a greater sense of community-wide empathy towards the root causes of food insecurity and poverty.
The ideal VISTA member will be passionate about reducing poverty and empowering individuals to utilize public and private resources to improve their financial well-being. VISTA members will have an opportunity to strategically co-create an innovative initiative in the anti-poverty field and sharpen their communications, research, and writing skills. VISTA members will join a dedicated team in developing creative solutions to local poverty conditions that will serve as sustainable pathways out of poverty. Members will have complete access to organizational vehicles, a housing stipend if eligible and professional development opportunities through the vast Feeding America network.
Must be 18 years of age or older and must have at least an Associate’s degree.
Conduct asset mapping of existing community services.
Identify gaps between county service area and client demand, thru online research and analytical assessment.
Attend informative meetings and advisory council meetings, within the community to strengthen the Initiative’s impact.
Create Advisory Council thru recruited partnerships (non-profits, churches, etc.), local government officials within Indian River County.
Recruit 6-10 individuals within Indian River County to serve on the Advisory Council; hosting quarterly discussion panels, provide feedback to TCFB.
Recruit local Indian River County residents (est 2-3 people) to educate the importance of community programs and services that alleviate hunger and poverty.
Assist in developing a fundraising plan.
Identify joint venture sources for the Initiative.
Develop/submit grant proposals.
Assist creatively with marketing materials for the Initiative.
Assist in content for social media/website that supports the Initiative.
A bi-weekly living allowance of $472.22 to cover necessities during service
An AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $6,000 (or cash stipend of approximately $1,800)
On-site orientation and training
Involvement in the AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni Network and eCommunity
Full use of company car
VISTAs may be eligible for childcare (this is provided by Corporation for National Service)
VISTAs are eligible for limited health coverage (provided by Corporation for National Service)
VISTAs who relocate more than 50 miles are eligible for a relocation allowance ($750 settling-in plus $.40/mile from their home of record to the service site location address – provided by Corporation for National Service)
Treasure Coast Food Bank is willing to provide additional incentives for AmeriCorps VISTA members as follows:
A potential housing stipend
A cell phone to be used for work-related communications
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.