Distribution and Food Safety Coordinator VISTA

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ORGANIZATION: Idealist.org

Recruiting Organization: Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa

Hello! Thank you for your interest in this AmeriCorps position. This is a full-time VISTA position paid $17,600/yr in addition to benefits outlined below.

Please apply to this position through my.americorps.gov in order to be considered. For more information about our program and other open positions please visit cfsvistaprojectia.org

Service Description : Feed Iowa First (FIF) is a grass-roots community of business, faith organizations, schools, farmers, and volunteers that unite in relationship-based service to help our neighbors to 'Combat Food Insecurity by Growing Food and Farmers’. We believe access to fresh, healthy produce can and does transform lives. Fresh, healthy food is a basic human right, and ensuring access to it is key to building vibrant communities where citizens can reach their full human potential. FIF is the main producer and provider of fresh produce to food pantries in Linn County. We distributed over 50,000lbs of nutrient-dense produce back into our community in 2021. After the 2020 Derecho, we had the unique ability to pivot and directly meet the needs of our most vulnerable Linn County residents. As a CFS VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, & will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings & site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network & Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort.

Member Duties : As a Distribution and Food Safety Coordinator VISTA, You will be involved in our Grow Don’t Mow, Grow Some Rows, Don’t Waste Donate, Distribution, & Equitable Land Access (ELA) programs. With the Executive Director & Farm Manager, you will streamline and expand current distribution processes and procedures to increase access to nutrient-dense produce in our community. You will contribute to expansion of Veggie Bus produce distributions, set schedules and routes with stops at clinics, apartment complexes, and produce drops at pantries. Collaborate with the city of Cedar Rapids and Linn County to identify gaps of communities with limited resources so we can better serve. Connect with and collect data from communities we serve to help pinpoint their wants and needs. have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, & interpersonal & organizational skills.


  • Bi-weekly living allowance ($17,600/yr)
  • Education award ($6895) or cash award ($1800) after completing term
  • Childcare subsidy
  • Relocation allowance if moving more than 50 miles to serve ($750 + a per-mile rate)
  • Free supplemental health allowance plan for most costs not covered by insurance
  • Flexible hours and ability to attend school or another job during service
  • Paid sick and personal leave

Rolling Start Dates

As a VISTA Program, this position follows a monthly schedule of start dates. Please apply 1 month or farther in advance of any of the following start dates for priority consideration:

October 24th, 2022

November 7th, 2022

December 5th, 2022

January 17th

February 13th

March 13th

April 10th

May 8th

June 5th & 20th

July 17th and 31st

August 14th and 28th

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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