With the help of a team of dedicated National Service members, the Feeding Texas Client Empowerment Corps helps build the capacity of our member food banks in pursuing new, innovative projects that address the root causes of food insecurity.

An AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) member serves for a full year in a food bank, supporting a project addressing the economic causes or health intersections of hunger. Projects include strategic partnerships with educational, financial, healthcare and other community service providers that help people participating in food assistance programs build greater stability in their lives. All projects incorporate and raise community voices through one-on-one interviews as a part of StoryBank Texas.

Impact

Since its launch in 2014, the Feeding Texas Client Empowerment Corps has:

  • Placed more than 60 AmeriCorps*VISTA members to serve for a full year in up to 13 food banks or pantries.
  • Placed an additional 58 Summer Associate VISTA members who have supported food banks for 10 weeks at a time to increase the impact of education, nutrition, workforce, communications, and research-related activities.
  • Leveraged more than $2.3 million in cash and in-kind resources for food banks, supported programs in providing more than 166,000 Texans with health or financial support resources, and collected more than 1,600 personal stories of people experiencing food insecurity.

As of March 2019, 13 AmeriCorps*VISTA members are serving with six network food banks and at the Feeding Texas home office.


Be the Solution: Join Client Empowerment Corps

We recruit year-round for projects and locations around the state. You can make a difference in Texas communities by dedicating a year of service to a food bank, while getting personal coaching and professional development opportunities that will help you in your personal, professional, or academic next steps.

Qualifications

  • Interest in innovative approaches to addressing poverty
  • Access to reliable transportation, personal vehicle recommended
  • College graduate, some college, or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and organizational skills
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Responsible for finding own housing

Benefits

  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Relocation allowance if relocating 50+ miles
  • On-going training and professional development
  • Choice of Education Award ($6,095) or Cash Stipend ($1,800) upon completion of 1 year of service
  • Living allowance of around $1,000/month (disregarded for public benefits)
  • 1 year of Noncompetitive Eligibility for federal jobs


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