AmeriCorps VISTA Hunger Relief and Reading and Literacy Coordinator



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


United States


Develop a summer meal program and delivery system to support multiple distribution sites on the South Cumberland Plateau to provide nutritious meals to low income children and families. Create Network of Food banks in the tri-county plateau area. Develop and implement reading and literacy initiative in collaboration with summer meal program, local school system and local community to support reading and literacy advocacy in the summer months and throughout the year.


  • Become familiar with USDA Summer Food Service Program by studying program policies and procedures and completing training webinars on their website
  • Attend state agency trainings
  • Develop and implement training for distribution sites and volunteers
  • Develop Marketing Plan to raise awareness of summer meal program and distribution sites
  • Develop new partners in food distribution to expand program for the following year.
  • Implement summer meal program
  • Coordinate with local food bank directors to develop network to improve coordination of services for families.
  • Develop systems to encourage community to engage in county wide reading and literacy initiative.
  • Collaborate with Reading Initiative committee and libraries in the tri-county area to promote reading and literacy during summer meal program and at the summer reading and literacy enrichment program

The South Cumberland Community Fund and The University of the South (Sewanee) have partnered to offer a unique community-university South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Project (SCPVP). This project is a full-time, one year service program in which VISTA volunteers will work with community partners throughout the Plateau. Join our current team of 15 VISTAs. Each position in our program offers the unique opportunity to work in a rural, historically, and economically depressed region of Tennessee. Projects focus on community organizing, grant writing, volunteer recruitment, collaborating with K-12 schools initiatives to ensure and enhance sustainable program. SCPVP provides training to enhance each VISTA member’s personal and professional development. This VISTA program is team focused, providing group programming, support, and social opportunities for each VISTA. Make a difference! Help us improve our South Cumberland Plateau communities.

"VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, was conceived by President John F. Kennedy as a domestic counterpart to the Peace Corps and was started by President Lyndon Johnson as part of the War on Poverty. It is the national service program that works to eliminate poverty. The first VISTAs began serving in 1965, in migrant farm worker camps in California, the hollows of eastern Kentucky, and the urban neighborhoods of Hartford, CT. In 1994, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Today, AmeriCorps VISTA is as vibrant and necessary as ever. "

More information about AmeriCorps VISTA can be found here:

Benefits of Service:

$990/monthly stipend (Before taxes)

Earn either a $6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Or a $1,800 cash stipend upon completion of full-time service term

Professional Development Training Opportunities

Relocation Allowance Available

Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) upon completion of full-term service

Health Coverage

Child care if eligible


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available

How To Apply

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