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AmeriCorps Food Pantry Associate

Christian Appalachian Project
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Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) Food Pantry Associates serve in teams with employees, participants, and volunteers from the local community to serve the walk-in food needs of families and organize monthly government commodities distributions to the elderly.

Service Activities

--Maintains food for the Pantry through several resources – God’s Food Pantry, Operation Sharing, donations, and purchasing through local
grocery stores.
--Maintains daily stock on shelves to ensure adequate food supply for families to choose from.
-- Prepares backpacks of food to be distributed to schools on a weekly basis.
--Maintains accurate records of food basket distribution in compliance with God’s Food Pantry, Federal commodities, and Christian
Appalachian Project.
--Assists in planning and implantation of the annual Hunger Walk.
--Provides statistical information in compliance with God’s Food Pantry and Christian Appalachian Project.
--Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.
--Participates in additional training and enrichment opportunities as assigned.

Community Need Addressed

Corps members respond to food insecurity in rural, low-income counties.

Position Outcomes

Corps members will increase food security of participants.


Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training

In addition to the benefits described above, members also receive access to free mental health counseling. All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in a CAP volunteer community house. Members who choose to live on their own receive an increased living allowance in lieu of room and board.

Education Benefits

GED/High School Diploma

CPR, First Aid

Skills you will gain

communication, conflict resolution

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Economic Security, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Religious Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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