Friday, March 23, 2012

OASHF to Hire 165 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates Statewide

Full-time position(s) available at EUM Church, Greenville

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks will place 165 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates at community organizations across the state this summer to help fight childhood hunger by boosting participation in programs that provide free meals to children in low-income areas.

The Summer Associate positions are funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America). EUM Church has been awarded 2 slots for full-time members, and is seeking individuals passionate about ending childhood hunger for these position(s).

Each Summer Associate serves at a local organization like EUM Church that provides free meals to kids through the Summer Food Service Program or other feeding programs. The Summer Associate(s) at EUM Church will work to increase participation and serve more meals, while also creating curriculum, physical activities, working with community organizations, connecting with parents and a host of other fun things! “We are very excited to work with AmeriCorps VISTAs this summer. We are looking forward to expanding our program services with their help.” said Kristy Cutarelli, Outreach Ministries Coordinator of EUM Church.

Children who aren't hungry learn better, behave better, and feel better, yet many children in Ohio are not getting the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. A record high number of Ohio children—nearly 841,000 or about 45%-- are now eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches based on their family’s income, but less than one in five of those children received meals through the Summer Food Service Program last year.

Summer Associates must be 18 years or older and able to commit to eight weeks of full-time service from June 4 through July 29. Summer Associates are paid a modest living stipend and receive an end-of-service award (either a cash bonus or money for school) upon completing the eight-week term. The program is an opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to gain valuable work experience and make a difference in their community. Interested individuals should fill out an application online. More information on the applications process is available at

About the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks

OASHF is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. In SFY 2011, OASHF and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 150 million pounds of food and grocery items. Follow @OASHF on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook at, and visit OASHF on the web at

About the Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and is administered in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Education. The program is designed to fill the nutritional gap that children who receive free- and reduced-priced meals during the school year may face during the summer months, ensuring children get the nutritious meals they need. To locate a Summer Food Service Program site within your community call 1-800-648-1176 or visit

About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program is designed to fight poverty in America through full-time national service. OASHF has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service since its first AmeriCorps VISTA project in 2006. Since then, more than 500 AmeriCorps members have served hunger- and poverty-relief initiatives through OASHF. To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program and other national service programs, visit

About EUM Church

The Summer Food Service Program is a ministry of EUM Church. Our worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

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