LEAP is hiring AmeriCorps VISTA member

Aug 17, 2016 by

LEAP is hiring AmeriCorps VISTA member

LEAP is looking for a full time AmeriCorps VISTA Member (starting in mid-September) to support LEAP and our programs like The KitchenMobile Market, Markets, and Healthy Food Incentive programs. Come be part of the LEAP Team!

LEAP is honored to partner with The Advancement Foundation — LEAP is one of the placement sites for their AmeriCorps program.

About the position

Over the course of one year the VISTA will develop programs and plans in which stakeholders and community members will improve equitable access to fresh produce. The VISTA will expand LEAP’s ability to fight poverty and meet the food and health needs of people living in poverty by building stronger relationships to support food system infrastructure (Mobile Market and Food Hub, The Kitchen, Markets) secure long-term resources, develop programs (Healthy Food Incentive, Food Start-up, Invest Health, and Local Food Network) to increase opportunities and access to food, and expand community partnerships. LEAP seeks to create programs and plans that will improve equitable access to fresh produce of low-income individuals and families in the Roanoke Valley of VA.

Year-long objectives:

  • Increase participation in LEAP’s Healthy Food Incentive (HFI) programs by 35 percent (from 890 to 1,200 participants) and have at least 75% or 900 participants report increased food security.
  • Develop and launch LEAP’s Food Start-up program for at least 5 low income food entrepreneurs.
  • Help LEAP complete the Invest Health assessment and develop a plan for healthy communities to ensure that equitable and affordable access to fresh food is part of the neighborhood plan and the city-wide planning process.
  • Design an assessment and create an organizational structure for LEAP to develop a food network and a Local Food Network Advisory Council of stakeholders and beneficiaries.

To apply

To apply, visit the AmeriCorps website and search for the position or go directly to the LEAP position posting here. Applications due August 22.

For more information contact Judy Wood (judyw.taf@gmail.com) at The Advancement Foundation or Maureen Best (maureen@leapforlocalfood.org/leap) at LEAP.


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