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.
Anti-Hunger Corps: Year-Long 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.
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. During the 2020-2021 year, we will have more than 80 year-long members serving at approximately 50 partner organizations in 16 states.
Summer Associates: 10-Week Summer 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. We currently have nearly 50 Summer Associates working with anti-hunger organizations in 14 states.
We are currently hiring year-long VISTA members. For more information on the Anti-Hunger Corps year-long positions, please contact Program Director Vicky Dumbuya at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Summer Associates Program, contact Elena Farmer at email@example.com.
What People are Saying About Our AmeriCorps Programs:
"My experience as a Summer Associate was an eye opener. I learned that even in one of the richest cities, New York has a huge poverty rate. I also learned to be more appreciative for the things I have and to value my family more."
— Samenna White, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate, 2019
“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, Anti-Hunger Corps Partner Organization
“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, AmeriCorps VISTA Member 2012-2013