Learn About our AmeriCorps Service Programs

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Hunger Free America sponsors two AmeriCorps national service programs, a year-long program and a Summer Associate program, both of which enable participants to serve the country while fighting hunger. Each program provides a small living allowance and educational award upon completion of service that can be used to pay back student loans or for graduate school.

Full-year Program

The Anti-Hunger Corps is a national AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsored by Hunger Free America and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and the Walmart Foundation. AmeriCorps VISTA Members commit themselves full-time for 365 days with nonprofit organizations to empower communities with new capacity and sustainable solutions for overcoming the causes and conditions of poverty.

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Our program places VISTA members with anti-hunger nonprofit organizations to increase their capacity and ability to create sustainable solutions to help food insecure households achieve self-sufficiency. AmeriCorps VISTA Members are a resource used by an organization to understand what the gaps to access are and to work with the community to create plans to bridge the gaps between access and those who need assistance, including seniors, working families and Spanish-speaking groups. Since beginning in 2011, Hunger Free America's AmeriCorps VISTA members have assisted over 100 community-based organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Starting in the summer of 2019, 21 VISTA members will be serving at partner organizations in New York State and California.

Summer Associate Program

The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program is a short-term, summer-only compliment to the full-year VISTA program. Unlike full-year members, Summer Associates may provide direct client services. Summer Associate members expand and support the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and nutrition education programming, improve awareness of nutritious food options at farmers’ markets, and raise awareness of and eliminate barriers to SNAP and other food/nutrition-access services. During the summer of 2019, we will have 18 Summer Associates serve in both NYC and other areas of New York State.

We are currently hiring both Summer Associates and year-long VISTA members. Read the job descriptions here. For more information on the Anti-Hunger Corps year-long positions, please contact Program Director Vicky Dumbuya at vdumbuya@hungerfreeamerica.org. For more information about the Summer Associates Program, contact Natalie Amstutz at namstutz@hungerfreeamerica.org.

What People are Saying About Our AmeriCorps Programs:

“Last year, with the help of our sole AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator, we were able to usher in a stronger program of volunteer service and we now have a database of over 500 volunteers, ready and willing to help out. With her help, we were able to pioneer a completely new program of providing weekend take-home packages for people desperately in need, without having to hire a single additional staff member.”
-Alex Rapaport, Executive Director, Masbia Soup Kitchen Network

“As a native New Yorker, I sought a meaningful experience to address health disparities and economic insecurity in my hometown after I graduated college. Instead of sporadic volunteering or entry-level positions at non-profits, I determined a year of service as a VISTA would be a better way to learn about this city’s diverse communities, the network of people and agencies working towards economic security for all, and my place in it all. I couldn’t have imagined how much I’d learn. As a VISTA in the NYCCAH office I’ve had the opportunity to have a real impact on the Strategic Volunteer Program development and to work with incredibly diverse anti-hunger organizations. The support network I have in my supervisor, VISTA leader, and everyone at the Coalition is crucial to my development as a young, nonprofit professional and unparalleled in the other positions I explored.”
-Emily Gargiulo, NYCCAH VISTA AmeriCorps Member 2012-2013

"AmeriCorps enabled me to work when no one else would give me a chance. The program has helped me learn valuable skills that have ultimately led to a full-time position. I am honored to have served two terms in the Anti-Hunger and Empowerment Corps."
-Vanna Valdez, AmeriCorps Member 2010-2011

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