St. Louis Area Foodbank
  • 11-May-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Programs
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Other

AmeriCorps VISTA benefits




Title: AmeriCorps VISTA Capacity Building Member

Sponsoring Organization: St. Louis Area Foodbank

Project Name: St. Louis Area Foodbank

Project Period: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022


Goal of the Project:


The goal of the St. Louis Area Foodbank VISTA Program is to increase the number of meals the Foodbank provides to the community each year. During this term, we plan to distribute at least 41 million meals. To do this, the Capacity Building VISTA will research and implement programmatic best practices to create strong program foundations. This will allow the Foodbank to reach communities most in need through the delivery of nutritious food in a way that meets people where they spend their time instead of through traditional food pantries. By increasing access to food, we enable one in six families who face hunger throughout our 26-county territory to save precious dollars that they can then use on health care costs, utilities, unexpected costs such as repairs, etc.


Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance July 1, 2021 August 31, 2021): Review, understand and assess the current capacity of the programs at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, identify weaknesses/challenges for capacity building and make recommendations for moving forward.


Member Activities:

  1. Review current capacity of SLAFB programs and SLAFB Partners. This includes, but not limited to, location of various partners compared to food insecurity rates and high need areas, review community resources opportunities for program partners, etc.
  2. Research best capacity building techniques, identify weaknesses/challenges for capacity building and provide recommendations
  3. Support agencies and partners through conducting needs assessment, identifying key concepts and information partners want to learn about, gathering numbers, and supporting organizational Facebook pages

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance September 1 December 31, 2021): Using county data, program criteria, and the strategic direction, work to identify and connect with organizations/community groups to run Foodbank Programs to increase food security through our 26-county bistate-territory. This includes, but is not limited to the School Market Program, Mobile Market Program, CSFP, SNAP, and Transitional Housing.


Member Activities:

  1. Work with Partners and Programs team to create a plan and prioritize the different programs that need support with capacity building.
  2. Use sub-county data from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study and the program criteria to identify target zip codes for programs.
  3. Conduct research on target zip codes for organization who would potentially want to work with the Foodbank. Creating spreadsheets with points of contacts and background information on organization.
  4. Contact potential partners to run programs. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting cold calls, sending emails, connecting with other partners for introductory emails.
  5. Providing information on the programs to the partners and facilitating opportunities for other mobile market site visits.
  6. Creating the connections to the Partners and Programs Coordinators who oversee the specific programs.

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance January 1, 2021 February 28, 2022): Based on the initial community needs assessment of partners and other evaluation tools, create a community resource program that connects agencies and partners to other local organizations who provide various resources that are beneficial to the community members they serve.


Member Activities:

  1. Conduct research on different community resource programs.
  2. Identify a method of communication that supports the abilities and access of all partners. (i.e. alternative methods if sending information if they do not have social media)
  3. Identify the highest needs of the partners. This includes, but is not limited to evaluating Agency Pulse Survey, working with the agency cohort group, talking with partners one on one.
  4. Develop the community resource program, collaborating with marketing and other departments for program success.

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance March 1, 2022 June 30, 2022): Support the growth of partners by researching and sharing grants and/or funding opportunities that will allow for partner capacity building. Working with the Agency Cohort group to find resources that they identify as high need items.


Member Activities:

  1. Understand the current capacity of the foodbank partners.
  2. Identify the needs and wants that will allow the partners to expand their operation and grow capacity.
  3. Conduct research on various grants and/or funding opportunities that the partners may be eligible for.
  4. Collaborate with PAS and marketing so that these opportunities are visible to the partners through different outlets (i.e. Facebook, Agency Access, etc.)
  5. Potentially work with Philanthropy to create grant writing trainings and tools for partners.


Volunteer Assignment Description - AmeriCorps VISTA Capacity Building Member Title: AmeriCorps VISTA Capacity Building Member Sponsoring Organization: St. Louis Area Foodbank Project Name: St. Louis Area Foodbank Project Period: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 Goal of the Project: The goal of the St. Louis Area Foodbank VISTA Program is to increase the number of meals the Foodbank provides to the community each year. During this term, we plan to distribute at least 41 million meals. To do this, the Capacity Building VISTA will research and implement programmatic best practices to create strong program foundations. This will allow the Foodbank to reach communities most in need through the delivery of nutritious food in a way that meets people where they spend their time instead of through traditional food pantries. By increasing access to food, we enable one in six families who face hunger throughout our 26-county territory to save precious dollars that they can then use on health care costs, utilities, unexpected costs such as repairs, etc. Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance July 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021): Review, understand and assess the current capacity of the programs at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, identify weaknesses/challenges for capacity building and make recommendations for moving forward. Member Activities: 1. Review current capacity of SLAFB programs and SLAFB Partners. This includes, but not limited to, location of various partners compared to food insecurity rates and high need areas, review community resources opportunities for program partners, etc. 2. Research best capacity building techniques, identify weaknesses/challenges for capacity building and provide recommendations 3. Support agencies and partners through conducting needs assessment, identifying key concepts and information partners want to learn about, gathering numbers, and supporting organizational Facebook pages Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance September 1 – December 31, 2021): Using county data, program criteria, and the strategic direction, work to identify and connect with organizations/community groups to run Foodbank Programs to increase food security through our 26-county bistate-territory. This includes, but is not limited to the School Market Program, Mobile Market Program, CSFP, SNAP, and Transitional Housing. Member Activities: 1. Work with Partners and Programs team to create a plan and prioritize the different programs that need support with capacity building. 2. Use sub-county data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study and the program criteria to identify target zip codes for programs. 3. Conduct research on target zip codes for organization who would potentially want to work with the Foodbank. Creating spreadsheets with points of contacts and background information on organization. 4. Contact potential partners to run programs. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting cold calls, sending emails, connecting with other partners for introductory emails. 5. Providing information on the programs to the partners and facilitating opportunities for other mobile market site visits. 6. Creating the connections to the Partners and Programs Coordinators who oversee the specific programs. Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance January 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022): Based on the initial community needs assessment of partners and other evaluation tools, create a community resource program that connects agencies and partners to other local organizations who provide various resources that are beneficial to the community members they serve. Member Activities: 1. Conduct research on different community resource programs. 2. Identify a method of communication that supports the abilities and access of all partners. (i.e. alternative methods if sending information if they do not have social media) 3. Identify the highest needs of the partners. This includes, but is not limited to evaluating Agency Pulse Survey, working with the agency cohort group, talking with partners one on one. 4. Develop the community resource program, collaborating with marketing and other departments for program success. Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022): Support the growth of partners by researching and sharing grants and/or funding opportunities that will allow for partner capacity building. Working with the Agency Cohort group to find resources that they identify as high need items. Member Activities: 1. Understand the current capacity of the foodbank partners. 2. Identify the needs and wants that will allow the partners to expand their operation and grow capacity. 3. Conduct research on various grants and/or funding opportunities that the partners may be eligible for. 4. Collaborate with PAS and marketing so that these opportunities are visible to the partners through different outlets (i.e. Facebook, Agency Access, etc.) 5. Potentially work with Philanthropy to create grant writing trainings and tools for partners.


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