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VISTA School Breakfast Coordinator

Greater Chicago Food Depository
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Currently in Cook County, one in five children are food insecure, not knowing when or from where their next meal will come from. Hunger amongst children has lasting effects- increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches, and colds. The number of children in Illinois who qualify for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program has been on the rise. In response to the need, the Food Depository collaborates with area schools, after-school and summer programs to provide nutritious food year-round to approximately 250,000 children in Cook County.
VISTA members will establish and cultivate new partnerships with schools, teachers, administrators, parents and the community on the promotion of school breakfast for children through the National School Breakfast Program.

Service Activities

• Understand the current status of breakfast programs within Cook County.
• Identify districts to target and conduct outreach meetings.
• Identify community leaders/groups to work with to improve their knowledge of childhood hunger and the role of school breakfast; enlisting them to advocate for their schools.
• Work with targeted school districts to overcome issues that would limit participation in school breakfast.
• Assist in connecting and providing schools technical assistance and identify methods for implementation and expansion.
• Hold breakfast summit to engage schools and communities in school breakfast programs.

Community Need Addressed

increase access to breakfast at school

Position Outcomes

increase access to food for youth, increase participation in School Breakfast program


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

project management, public speaking, knowledge of Cook County community and food insecurity issues

Competencies You Will Develop
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
Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, 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
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 3

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