Community Food Security VISTA Project
Building capacity to create self-reliant neighborhoods
Join our team in the Waterloo, Iowa metro area and Cedar Rapids Iowa to improve food security among vulnerable populations. The University of Northern Iowa Local Food Program (housed in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education), Feed Iowa First, People's Community Health Clinic, and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank are the leading entities collaborating to develop these initiatives and implement them.
As an AmeriCorps site, UNI CEEE mobilizes passionate AmeriCorps service members across various organizations to build capacity for a mobile produce stand for fresh veggies from local farms in several neighborhoods, strengthening volunteer capacity and community engagement, helping food banks purchase from local farms, and helping patients receive . You would learn about long term strategies towards community food security.
Parts of Service
Building capacity to grow food in low-income and recent immigrant neighborhoods/backyards
Building capacity of emergency food sectors to source fresh food and collaborate with local farms & creating employment for vulnerable populations