Fight Hunger & Pay for Education with AmeriCorps Service
Two Programs, One Goal
Hunger Free America sponsors two AmeriCorps national service programs, our year-long program and our summer program, both of which enable participants to serve the country while fighting hunger. Each program provides a small living allowance and educational award ($5,645 for a full year of service; less for a shorter stint) that can be used to pay back old student loans or for graduate school.
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The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) program 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. Previously likened as a “domestic Peace Corps”, the AmeriCorps VISTA program taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 6,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. 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.
The program places VISTAs with anti-hunger-focused nonprofit organizations in increasing their capacity and building sustainable solutions to help households that qualify for SNAP receive work support and food resources that will help them ultimately achieve self-sufficiency. AHOC AmeriCorps VISTA Members are a resource used by an organization to understand what the gaps to access are and work with the community in creating plans and materials in bridging the openings between access and those who need the benefits, training and employment resources most, including seniors, working families and Spanish-speaking groups. Since beginning in 2011, AHOC has assisted over 100 community-based organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
Summer Associate Program
The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate (SA) program is a short-term, summer-only compliment to the Full-Year VISTA program. Members serve for eight or ten week terms beginning in May and June respectively.
Unlike Full-Year VISTA Members, Summer Associate members may provide direct client services in line with the Summer Associate Program Goals detailed further on this page. Traditionally, the Summer Associates begin serving with partners in late May for a ten-week term or in mid-June for an eight week term – see Timeline for Summer Associate Program for more information. All Associates end their terms on the same day in early August. Please keep this in mind when completing the application, and indicate which length your organization would prefer to host these Associates.
For more information on the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps project please contact Program Director Vicky Dumbuya at firstname.lastname@example.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