About the Role
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.
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION
The Distribution and Food Safety Coordinator VISTA will earn a biweekly living allowance totaling $17,600 over the entire year, and is eligible for a post-service benefit of either the Segal education award (Currently $6,895 - equal to the value of a full semester Pell Grant) or a cash alternative ($1,800).
VISTAs are also eligible for over $8,000 in supplemental medical benefits, a childcare subsidy, paid sick and vacation days, and Noncompetitive Eligibility when applying for federal employment for 1 year after completing service.
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
January 17th, 2023
June 5th & 20th
July 17th and 31st
August 14th and 28th
You should work well alongside diverse groups of people with accountability and compassion; be eager to establish and maintain positive working relationships; and have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, and interpersonal and organizational skills.
About the Organization
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.