Nearly 12 percent of Johnson County Iowa residents are food insecure. Table to Table is launching new initiatives that get fresh produce to Johnson County pantries serving 13,000 people (1). Those who don’t have adequate access to food have even less access to nutritious fresh foods. Fresh, local produce is often cost-prohibitive for impoverished families and a cost burden to hunger relief agencies serving them. Food recovery programs like the one we are proposing have proven to effectively address food insecurity and resulting health outcomes. Beneficiaries of fresh food recovery programs have reported increased fruit and vegetable consumption, healthier overall diets, and decreased stress levels (2). This program will address the emergency food needs of Johnson County residents and provide them access to additional nutritious food resources.
AmeriCorps Onsite Gleaning Program Coordinator, 9 months (1200 hours)
20-40 hours per week | Start date flexible from December 2020 – February 2021 | Position concludes fall 2021
Do you love outdoor work, agriculture, and working with people? This may be the job for you! Table to Table is seeking an active and creative Gleaning Coordinator to join our dynamic team. If you’re enthusiastic and passionate about providing fresh, nutritious food to those in need, you’ll fit right in. This seasonal position will lead our gleaning food recovery initiative by helping volunteers harvest fresh produce that otherwise would have gone to waste. Excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills are essential for coordinating with farmers, volunteers, and recipient sites in Johnson County.
This position balances well-developed communication skills with hands-on interaction to coordinate the gleaning or harvesting of excess produce from farms and private donors. The Coordinator is responsible for year-round outreach and relationship building with local farms, volunteers, and recipient agencies. During harvest season, the Coordinator will lead volunteers to harvest local food and deliver it to partners serving food insecure individuals. The fresh produce gleaned is a vital additional resource for fighting food insecurity across Iowa. Find out more and
Read more about the AmeriCorps benefits and position details in the full job description.
Not sure what AmeriCorps is and whether this position is right for you? Reach out to us for more info by emailing or calling our offices at 319-337-3400 and we’ll gladly answer your questions.
If you or someone you know may be interested in this position please send a resume and cover letter to Emily Meister.