AmeriCorps Vista Internship

Greenmarket Organization Information:

Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, a NYC-based non-profit organization.  The mission of Greenmarket is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a continuing supply of fresh local produce for all New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers.

 

Position Description for Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Summer Associate:

GrowNYC’s Greenmarket program in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate to assist  in operating Greenmarket’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in farmers market project  in 3 to 4 weekly Greenmarkets.

 

Project Description:

Greenmarket has established a national model for accepting SNAP in farmers markets, which has greatly expanded food access in New York City. In 2005 only three of our markets had the capacity to accept SNAP; in 2015, SNAP benefits could be used at 52 Greenmarkets, and sales exceeded $918,000.  Additionally, SNAP has become a critical supplement to several markets’ survival as some farmers reported that SNAP sales comprise between 25-50% of their total income.

 

Project Goals:

1.            Increase revenue for Greenmarket farmers by increasing the use of

SNAP benefits in Greenmarkets.

2.            Increase New Yorkers’ access to fresh produce, positively impacting

community and family wellness.

 

Americorps Goals and Activities:

•             Conduct targeted community outreach to SNAP recipients and eligible

SNAP recipients in NYC, encouraging them to use SNAP to shop at farmers markets.

•             Research CBOs, NGOs and government agencies and identify stakeholders

in market neighborhoods.

•             Work to educate low income NYC residents about nutrition, seasonality,

buying locally and shopping at farmers markets.

•             Assist in general market operations.

•             Assist in general office tasks associated with project operations.

 

Time Commitment:

This is a 10-week, full-time position beginning May, 23th 2016. Expect to be scheduled to work at least one day each weekend during your service. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, both full and part-time employment is strictly prohibited.  For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits for Summer Associates information available here - http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

 

Housing:

You are responsible for finding your own housing.  No housing assistance will be provided.

 

Program Benefits (provided by AmeriCorps VISTA):

•             $1,174.62 monthly living allowance, paid biweekly

•             Segal Education Award ($1,222.22) or End-of-Service stipend ($280)

•             Paid holidays

•             Experience in the nonprofit sector

•             A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

 

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Rob Shepherd at rshepherd@grownyc.org.   To be

considered applications must be received by 9am April 18th, 2016.  In your cover letter please tell us where you learned about the position.  If you have any questions about the position email Rob at rshepherd@grownyc.org or call him at 212-341-2325.

 

Please note GrowNYC will serve as the host site for the selected AmeriCorps VISTA; the selected candidate will NOT be an employee of GrowNYC.

 

GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

About Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:

The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Wal-Mart Foundation, and managed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The VISTA members work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) for Americans in need.

Location: 
New York, New York
Publicaton Date: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
GrowNYC
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