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Food Incubation Center Coordinator

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Position Title: Food Incubation Center Coordinator

StarkFresh is pleased to announce we have an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer position available through Family and Community Services, Inc.

Organization Information:

StarkFresh is a small, but mighty 501(c )3 nonprofit located in Canton, Ohio and servicing Stark County, Ohio.

Our mission is tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty.

StarkFresh runs Northeast Ohio’s only Mobile Grocery Market, which provides healthy food access to areas throughout the county that are in food apartheid areas and to those with low mobility challenges. This Grocery Store on Wheels takes produce and other groceries into the community where they are sold at a reasonable cost.

Some of our other programs include our free Seed Library distribution network, our three urban farms which include our Urban Teaching Farm, Training Farm, Cooperative Farm. From our Food Justice Campus, we operate several programs including; Food Incubation Center, shared commercial kitchen and office spaces, mushroom farm, educational programming, food safety programming, nutrient-dense food delivery service and small grocery store. We are also spearheading a coalition project to bring a community-owned non-profit supermarket to a food apartheid in Canton. In addition to all of that, StarkFresh is a founder of Courageous Conversations, a group created to explore race inequalities in Canton, and through education and action undo decades of racially-motivated policies that have created the wealth gap and exasperated poverty throughout our community.

To find out more about what StarkFresh does, visit us at www.starkfresh.org

Position Summary:

The goal of this microbusiness development project is to take low income individuals who are living in poverty within Canton, Ohio and give them the training and technical assistance that they need to start and operate a profitable small food-based business. The VISTA volunteer will engage in resource development for the further development of this programming. This includes partner, volunteer and funding coordination, and public outreach development which will improve economic opportunities for community members impacted by poverty and hunger.

The Food Incubation Center Coordinator will form a business development framework centered around resources available at the Food Justice Campus. VISTA will work with industry partners develop a collaborative training & mentorship program. Candidate should be a confident, self-starter with strong project coordination experience. VISTA can expect to be exposed to numerous professional environments and many opportunities to learn more about systematic racism and the lasting effects it continues to have on our food system. Being able to articulate hope and confidence about this project’s success is important and being able to convey this through public and one-on-one communication is vital to this position.

Position Functions:

  • Analyze existing training modules available to grasp an understanding of where there are programming gaps and identify which community resources can fill those gaps
  • Review existing StarkFresh training and technical assistance curriculum
  • Analyze other curriculums offered locally by area partners in order to identify need gaps
  • Analyze existing collaborations and partnerships to create a virtual inventory of currently available programming
    • Research existing successful, grass-roots, "bottom-up" comparable programs and isolate their strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a new curriculum module of our own.
    • Engage with industry partners to see what their programmatic capacity limitation are
    • Survey to find out potential program enrollee needs
    • With community partners, start to form a rubric for a comprehensive business training module

    • Design and begin implementation of microbusiness training program.
    • Partnering with community mentor volunteers and collaborative partners, begin creation of programming
    • Create a "talent pool" of mentors who are available to assist in the training program
    • Create microbusiness powerpoint presentation to accompany the training program for use in "selling" the program to additional groups, potential partners and funders
    • Utilizing partner network, start recruitment for first round of enrollees into the training program

    • Start first cohort of training and adapt training as necessary to improve curriculum.
    • Analyze enrollee engagement, challenges to adapt programmatic timelines as required for student success
    • Analyze mentorship effectiveness and make changes to volunteer staff as needed
    • Adjust programming paperwork and materials as needed to improve training success

    The VISTA candidate should possess some college-level education. However, all are welcome to apply because skill sets will supersede education levels.

    Skills and/or Experience Qualifications

    • Effectively communicates with individuals of diverse backgrounds & enjoy meeting new people
    • Effective writing and editing skills & proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Creative ideas, high energy & community organization
    • Fundraising/grant writing
    • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
    • Must enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather, getting your hands dirty, & having fun
    • Minimum age requirement 21 years old

    Americorp VISTA benefits

    • Monthly cost of living allowance stipend ($1,026 per month)
    • End of service stipend/education award (Education stipend $6,095 or Cash $1,800)
    • Health care support (varies)
    • Child care support (varies)
    • Housing support (varies)

    This Americorp VISTA volunteer position starts in June 2020 and ends June 2021 with the possibility of extending service until June 2022.

    This is an extremely flexible schedule position, intended to be full-time, Monday-Friday.

    That being said, we emphasize results over actual logged hours so all are invited to apply, regardless of your availability.

    Interested candidates must apply for the position by sending a resume via email to tomp@starkfresh.org

    Research existing successful, grass-roots, "bottom-up" comparable programs and isolate their strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a new curriculum module of our own.Engage with industry partners to see what their programmatic capacity limitation areDesign and begin implementation of microbusiness training program.

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About StarkFresh


328 Walnut Ave NE, Canton, OH 44702, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to improve healthy food access and advance food and farming education to everyone in Stark County. We envision a Stark County where a culture of healthy eating creates people who are healthier and communities that are rejuvenated and empowered. We are connecting growers, consumers, and producers to help create a food system that focuses on making locally-sourced, nutrient-dense, and affordable foods available to everyone in Stark County. We support learning and teaching opportunities that promote the growth, use, and sale of local foods and assist in the growth of urban agricultural employment.


We currently have four core programs that we deliver to our community that address these initial challenges that we had identified all those years ago.

Mobile Grocery Market

Our Mobile Grocery Market, otherwise known as the "Veggie Mobile" is our answer to bringing a variety of produce and fresh foods to individuals with mobility challenges throughout our community.

Urban Farming Sites

Nothing tastes better than homegrown produce. Our farm sites serve as a visual, hands-on ways for residents to learn how to start seeds, grow produce and gain valuable, transferable job skills.

We also provide educational opportunities and a Seed Library

Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Food Justice Campus321 Cherry Ave NECanton, OH 44702



  • General Education
  • Financial Literacy
  • Office Management
  • Program Management
  • Business Development
  • Management




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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