Supporting the Feeding America food banks and their affiliates serving Iowa in their work to ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all.

Americorps VISTA

Iowa Food Bank Association AmeriCorps VISTA Program
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.  VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.

With passion, commitment, and hard work, AmeriCorps VISTAs create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTAs serve for a variety of reasons, from wanting to make the world a better place to discovering a life-changing adventure. For one year, they create and expand programs that ultimately bring individuals and communities out of poverty. By serving through VISTA, members will gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus they get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During the year of service, AmeriCorps VISTAs also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing service, they can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

 

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Des Moines, Iowa (October 5, 2015) – Many Iowans don’t get enough to eat and struggle to put enough food on the table. These Iowans include children, working adults, and older or persons with disabilities who may be eligible for Iowa Food Assistance Program benefits but haven’t yet applied for the program. Beginning today, Iowans can call the new...
This summer, food insecure Iowans will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce as nearly 500 dozen ears of corn will be donated to families in need throughout central Iowa. Iowa farmers are taking an active role in helping solve hunger. Jacob and Emily Van Manen of Kellogg,  owners of  J & E’s Delicious Sweet Corn, have stepped up to...

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