Regional Food Bank Gears Up To Fight Hunger

Seeks 12 VISTAS to Join the Fight Against Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 20, 2016 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma seeks to hire 12 AmeriCorps VISTA Associates this month to help fight hunger in Oklahoma.

Full-time VISTA opportunities in Oklahoma City include: Agency Training VISTA, who will develop and implement regional agency training plan in order to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness; Agency Operational Capacity Building VISTA, who will support operational capacity among agencies by facilitating collaboration between retail donors and agencies; Development VISTA, who will research new donor relationships and best practices; Marketing VISTA, who will work with marketing staff to build community awareness; Underserved Populations Outreach VISTA, who will collaborate with community organizations to more effectively serve underserved populations; and Volunteer Engagement VISTA, who will focus on building relationships with volunteers.

Food & Resource Center VISTAs are also needed in the following communities: Ardmore, Enid, Shawnee, Lawton, Ponca City, Weatherford, Elk City and Durant.  These VISTAs will collaborate with FRCs and their communities to increase volunteer and operational capacity.  Food & Resource Centers, which are affiliated with the Regional Food Bank, have expanded hours of operation to better serve hungry Oklahomans in a grocery-store-like setting.  A client choice food pantry allows clients to choose the foods they want so that they take only what they need – making more efficient use of food resources. A greater variety of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, protein items and frozen foods are also be available.

VISTA Associates dedicate time to serve nonprofits nationwide and help build organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that serve low-income communities.  Positions will support various anti-poverty measures, with VISTA members providing capacity building services to organizations assisting low-income community members.

“Being a VISTA taught me how to thrive in a professional and team environment and that hard works pays off,” said Katherine Newsome, former VISTA at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “I definitely think the things I learned here helped me land my current position. They were really impressed that I had worked at the Regional Food Bank.”

VISTA Associates receive an education award or post-service stipend, a living allowance and experience professional development.  VISTA Associates are paid a living allowance of approximately $900 per month, plus their choice of Education Award (approximately $5,775) OR End of Service Cash Award (approximately $1,500). The dates of the program are November 14, 2016 through November 13, 2017. VISTA members must be at least 18 years of age and be available to serve full time during regular business hours. Part-time work is allowed in addition to participation in the program. Positions are located in Oklahoma City, OK; Tulsa, OK; and throughout central and western Oklahoma.

To apply for the VISTA Associate positions, send a resume to lpatterson@regionalfoodbank.org, stop by the Regional Food Bank to complete an application or apply on-line at www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista. The application deadline is October 24.  For more information contact Rhea Woodcock at 600-3148 or rwoodcock@regionalfoodbank.org

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children struggles with hunger every day. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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