Thanks to AmeriCorp VISTA
The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks will place AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates at community organizations across the state this summer to help fight childhood hunger by boosting participation in programs that provide free meals to children in low-income areas.
The Summer Associate positions are funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America). Highland County Community Action Organization, Inc. (HCCAO) has been awarded 1 slot for a full-time member, and is seeking individuals passionate about ending childhood hunger for this position.
Each Summer Associate serves at a local organization like HCCAO that provides free meals to kids through the Summer Food Service Program or other feeding programs. The Summer Associate at HCCAO will work to increase participation and serve more meals, while assisting with other activities like leading educational and recreational programming.
Children who aren't hungry learn better, behave better, and feel better, yet many children in Ohio are not getting the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. A record high number of Ohio children-nearly 841,000 or about 45%-- are now eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches based on their family’s income, but less than one in five of those children received meals through the Summer Food Service Program last year.
Summer Associates must be 18 years or older and able to commit to nine weeks of full-time service from June 10 through August 9. Summer Associates are paid a modest living stipend and receive an end-of-service award (either a cash bonus or money for school) upon completing the eight-week term. The program is an opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to gain valuable work experience and make a difference in their community. Interested individuals should fill out an application online at www.americorps.gov. More information on the applications process is available at www.oashf.org. Applications must be completed by April 30.