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Position

Hunger Action Corps - Summer

Greater Chicago Food Depository
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Summer AmeriCorps members will work on the front lines to fight hunger amongst children during the summer by distributing meals to children in need. Members will serve Monday through Friday alongside site coordinators to ensure efficient and meaningful meal delivery. Throughout the term, members must work together on a project of their choosing, and at the end of their AmeriCorps term, they must present their findings to key staff and leadership.

Service Activities

∙ Support community outreach at summer meal sites
∙ Assist with Summer Food trainings and/or other Summer Food activities as needed
∙ Support the distribution of meals throughout Cook County, including driving a sprinter van to meal sites
∙ Ensure that all Lunch Bus meal distributions are tracked and documented
∙ Work as part of a cross-functional team that is developing and implementing strategies to strengthen communities and address the root causes of hunger
∙ Participate in program evaluation through an ongoing group project, and present findings of the group project to key stakeholders at the end of the AmeriCorps term

Community Need Addressed

As the food bank for Cook County, the Food Depository distributes food through a network of over 700 community-based partnerships. More than 812,000 residents turn to the Food Depository’s network for support each year or experience food insecurity, having limited or inconsistent access to a variety of quality, nutritious food. These individuals also face a variety of interrelated challenges related to poverty, unemployment and health disparities. The Food Depository offers a variety of programs and services to partners throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community.

Position Outcomes

1. Connect youth to meals during summer break, when they are disconnected from school breakfast and lunch

Benefits

Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

stewardship of community partners, project management, program development and logistics, knowledge of Cook County community and food insecurity issues

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
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, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
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
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
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, Drive decision making
Service
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 Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 3 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Elementary School, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Library, Local Government Agency, Park
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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