Child Nutrition Programs VISTA

START/END DATE: 5/9/2022 - 5/8/2023

**Now offering $1000 service completion bonus!!**

Organization Overview

United Way of King County’s vision is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. United Way concentrates on issues that affect the most vulnerable and on which it can have measurable influence. Under our priority of breaking the cycle of poverty, we are committed to ensuring children, especially children of color, have access to nutritious food.

Fuel Your Future is one of United Way’s anti-poverty programs, and focuses on connecting students and families to healthy food resources. More than 1 in 6 students in our state experiences food insecurity each year, and more than 10% of families live below the poverty line. These numbers are even higher in communities of color, immigrant communities, and migrant communities, due to historic and systemic racism and other oppressions. There are a number of federally funded programs aimed at connecting families with healthy food, but they are critically underused. Fuel Your Future uses a nationally-recognized approach to remove the barriers that prevent families from accessing these programs, while also connecting youth with nutrition education and other food resources.

Position Description

The Childhood Nutrition Programs VISTA will increase access to federal meal programs for low-income children and teens, aged 18 and under, by enhancing technical assistance and available tools for schools and community partners operating these programs across Washington. Duties include consulting with schools and community partners to support the implementation and improvment of alternative breakfast models, the Summer Food Service Program, the Seamless Summer Option, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Additionally, a goal of the VISTA will be to raise awareness of the Community Eligibility Provision, an alternative method for claiming student meals in high poverty schools, to eligible districts. This project fights poverty by increasing access to federal meal programs for students and by raising awareness of the Community Eligibility Provision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Execute on a statewide campaign to promote Free Summer Meals Maintain communication with, provide resources for, and educate staff in school districts and community organizations where Free Summer Meals are available.
  • Expand existing relationships, and initiate new relationships, with school districts across Washington that are implementing new or continuing existing Breakfast After the Bell programs.
  • Collaborate with United Way of King County staff to implement a strategy for raising awareness about, and increasing participation in, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Washington.
  • Promote district participation in the Community Eligibility Program by maintaining, and deploying as needed, resources with up to date program information and best practices.

Qualifications:

  • We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do. Therefore we strongly encourage applications from people of color, people from working class or low-income backgrounds, and people from other marginalized communities.
  • Understanding of systemic racism and commitment to anti-racism work
  • Experience working on multiple projects at once with a high level attention to details
  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff members, partners, and community members
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with staff team and community partners, including some remote partnerships
  • Experience in data analysis, or the willingness and ability to learn new technology

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in non-profit or education sector, including school food service
  • Familiarity with Washington State, especially communities most greatly impacted by food insecurity
  • Strong computer skills and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and social media sites

If you do not have the preferred knowledge, experience, or qualifications, please do not be discouraged from applying. We offer professional development, support, and on-the-job learning.

Position Length: May 9, 2022 – May 8, 2023

VISTA Program Eligibility:

Applicants must

  • Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.
  • Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. F-1 visas are not sufficient.
  • Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.
  • Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. AmeriCorps assesses criminal history on a case-by-case basis when determining applicant eligibility.
  • Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours.
  • Have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.
  • Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAs cannot enroll in school except in limited circumstances or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation. VISTAs may have additional employment outside of AmeriCorps but this employment should not interfere with the VISTA project.
  • US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent residents, or persons legally residing in a state. Persons legally residing in a state include (but not limited to) those having the following legal residency classifications: refugee status, asylum or asylee status, temporary protected status, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Unfortunately, F1 Visas are not sufficient. 

Compensation and Benefits

  • Living allowance of $2,004.24 (pretax)
  • $6,395 Education Award or $1,800 cash stipend upon successful completion of service
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance. By law, only AmeriCorps VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award.  All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.
  • ORCA LIFT card
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
  • Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
  • Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
  • Professional work experience
  • Unique cohort experience with monthly team meetings to participate in high-quality training, professional development, networking opportunities, and one-on-one support from a VISTA Leader

Hunger and poverty disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. 

To Apply: Create an application on My AmeriCorps Portal or click here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=110035

  • No resume or cover letter is required.
  • The application process moves quickly, please expect a response within 1-2 days.
  • Please contact unitedwayamericorps@uwkc.org with any questions.