St. Louis Area Foodbank
  • 13-May-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Partner Services
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Other

AmeriCorps VISTA Capacity Building Member


The Mission of the St. Louis Area Foodbank is to build stronger communities by empowering people with food and hope. As the region's largest food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need, we are working to create a stronger, healthier bi-state region where no one goes to be hungry. The Capacity Building VISTA works under the direction of the Director of Partner Services, and the support of the Partners and Programs Team, to help the growth and innovation of various programs through a strategic and data driven approach. This position will help build capacity of programs the Foodbank runs and support our partners to best meet the needs of the 26 counties we serve. The service year is meant to be a rewarding experience where the individual gains transferable skillsets essential to every nonprofit.


This position requires someone who:


  • Can work well with a team of people
  • Is organized, a self-starter & able to manage time effectively
  • Can work efficiently & independently
  • Has strong research and analytic skills
  • Is open to new ideas & welcome feedback
  • Is comfortable working with data
  • Is comfortable working in various socioeconomic communities and making cold calls to community organizations.
  • Is comfortable working with and interviewing volunteers, other foodbanks, and partners



The Volunteer Assignment Description (VISTA's job description format) is found on page 2.


Main responsibilities include:

  1. 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.
  2. Support the strategic capacity development of the Partner Relationships, Quality Assurance, and Service Insights teams on the creation of team specific tools to bolster processes around network support.
  3. Research and support development of an internal partner segmentation tool that assesses network capacity and identifies areas for growth among the SLAFB network.
  4. Create content and social media postings for Foodbank partners. Presenting information on various topics that will support partner growth. This includes, but is not limited to training opportunities, academic articles, informational videos, etc.

The above list is not exhaustive; there will be times where you will be asked to help participate and potentially lead our other projects on an as needed basis. This can include areas outside of your immediate area of responsibility. These projects can come from the Director of Partner Services or other staff.


Other Details: See servethelou.org for more detailed information.

  • 35 hours per week with the flexibility to work more as needed; One-year commitment
  • Allowed to have secondary employment with prior approval from supervisor; VISTA responsibilities must always be the first priority
  • Pay: Approximately $15,01/year stipend; end-of-service educational award of approximately $6,000 or a cash stipend of approximately $1,800 is available *All dependent upon service year completion
  • Professional development opportunities related to position available
  • Other benefits may include: a relocation allowance for moving for service, childcare assistance, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel and health care options
  • Join a community! In St. Louis, there is a VISTA umbrella with other like-minded individuals living and working in the community. Events take place monthly.

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 5, 2022 - July 4, 2023


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: Support the strategic capacity development of the Partner Relationships, Quality Assurance, and Service Insights teams on the creation of team specific tools to bolster processes around network support.


Member Activities:

  1. Review current capacity of SLAFB Partner Services tools. This includes, but not limited to, systems for completing departmental tasks, projects, and processes
  2. Research best capacity building techniques, identify weaknesses/challenges for capacity building and provide recommendations
  3. Support the teams through conducting recurring needs assessment, identifying key concepts and information to help strengthen their work within the network

Objective of the Assignment: Using county data, program criteria, and the strategic plan, 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: Using Feeding America resources and Foodbank data, research and support development of an internal partner segmentation tool that assesses network capacity and categorizes partners based on similar attributes. This tool will help to identify areas for growth among the SLAFB network.


Member Activities:

  1. Conduct research on other Foodbank segmentation tools.
  2. Identify best practices used among the Feeding America network to identify methods that work best for the Foodbank segmentation tool.
  3. Develop the Foodbank segmentation tool to be utilized by the Partner Services team to internally assess opportunities for growth among the partner network.

Objective of the Assignment: Support the growth of partners by researching and sharing SLAFB network opportunities and content that will allow for partner capacity building. Working with Programs and Partner Services to identify material to be shared network wide.

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. Collaborate with Partner Services and marketing so that these opportunities are visible to the partners through different outlets (i.e. Facebook, Agency Access, etc.)
  4. Potentially work with Partner Services to create templates for partner use.
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