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Monday, April 20, 2015

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates

Every summer in our Community Kitchen we have a large Summer Feeding Program where we send out 6-7,000+ meals a day for low-income children in summer camp programs around town. Children are out of school, thereby most at risk for hunger. We send out breakfast, lunch and snacks for over 4,000 kids in need Monday-Friday from our kitchen. We partner with over 80 feeding sites like Boys & Girls Club and community centers to distribute these meals around Greater New Orleans. This is our busiest time of year and we could not do it without our team of AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates and community volunteers. Each summer we have a team of about 20 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates that serve a 10-week-term in various areas within our Summer Feeding Program.

In the next month we will be looking to hire AmeriCorps for these positions, see below for information about the term of service and positions available. AmeriCorps members receive a bi-weekly living allowance as well as an education award at the end of their service. This is a great fit for college students or recent graduates looking for a strong resume builder this summer!
About AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
AmeriCorps operates a short-term program during the summer months known as VISTA Summer Associates. AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates will serve a 10 week term at participating anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations in 12 states to build capacity, implement new projects and provide technical support to organizations in underserved communities. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded several AmeriCorps positions to Second Harvest to assist with this year’s Summer Feeding program.

To meet our needs, Second Harvest is seeking committed individuals over the age of 18 to fill AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate roles working as delivery drivers, administrative assistants and in meal production for a 10-week term from May 25th- July 31st. Associates must be able to commit to the entire 10-week term.
If you are interested in applying for these positions, please reply to Lauren Robinson, or (504)729-2849. Thank you all for your amazing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, have a wonderful weekend!

About Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank serves as the heart of a regional network of 474 partner agencies across south Louisiana, which is home to some of the most poverty-stricken communities in the United States. Through this network, we are strategically positioned to lead the fight against hunger and build long-term food security by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response to those in need in our area.
Community Kitchen Summer Feeding Program at Second Harvest Food Bank
Summer Feeding provides low-income children enrolled in Orleans and Jefferson Parish summer camps with a free breakfast and lunch each day. All of the meals are prepared in the Community Kitchen located at 700 Edwards Ave in Elmwood and then sent out for delivery. This year’s Summer Feeding Program will aim to deliver 6-7,000 breakfast and lunch meals daily to approximately 4,000 children.

Lauren Robinson

Volunteer Services Coordinator

504.729.2849 Direct

700 Edwards Ave | New Orleans, LA 70123

504.734.1322 | 504.733.8336 Fax