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Become a Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Member
THE PROBLEM In Montana, over 22% of children struggle with hunger – that’s more than 1 in 5, or approximately 48,000 kids. Moreover, about three-quarters of teachers nationwide say that they have students who come to school hungry, and we can’t expect our students to grow and learn when they’re worried about where their next meal will come from. Research shows the severe impact of child hunger on children’s success in the classroom, overall health and well-being, stability of families, and future self-sufficiency. No child should be hungry, but the good news is that childhood hunger is a problem that we can solve. THE SOLUTION The mission of MT No Kid Hungry is to end childhood hunger by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. Federal Nutrition Programs such as school breakfast, afterschool meal programs and summer meal programs provide a sustainable source of healthy food to children that are income eligible; however, participation in these programs isn’t as high as it should be or could be. At Montana No Kid Hungry, we work to connect kids to healthy food by maximizing the reach, participation, and knowledge about the benefits of these Federal Nutrition Programs. This year, Montana No Kid Hungry, Governor Bullock and First Lady Bullock are embarking on an ambitious campaign to increase statewide participation in school breakfast programs. This initiative will be the primary focus of the Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Program. Many of our Montana schools will be providing universal free breakfasts starting this year and with the help of the Governor’s office, No Kid Hungry is encouraging schools to adopt alternative meal service models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab and Go. Research shows that innovative breakfast programs like these increase convenience and decrease social stigma of school meals, and generally result in participation up to 75 percent higher than traditional, paid, cafeteria-based programs. However, implementing such large-scale changes is often challenging for schools, and to ensure that these new programs are successful and sustainable long-term, we need on-the-ground support from AmeriCorps members placed in key high-need communities. PROGRAM DETAILS START DATE: August 2017 END DATE: August 2018 STIPEND: $12,530 to cover living expenses (members are paid $569.55 every two weeks) EDUCATION AWARD: $5,815 following term of service FIELD SITES: Plentywood Butte Kalispell Billings Poplar Hardin Helena WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US BE PART OF SOMETHING GREAT: Montana’s new school breakfast initiative is on the cutting edge of public health and childhood hunger policies/practices. As a part of it, you will be working with the governor and first lady of Montana on one of their signature issues, and will be a part of a high-profile national campaign headed by Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry. Your work will have a direct and measurable impact on the breakfast program participation, overall food security, well-being/health of thousands of students. Your work will also provide important case studies that will help to set current and future “best practices” and provide guidelines for successful implementation of similar programs nationwide. You will gain invaluable and extremely transferable skills and experience working with educators, students, food service providers, advocacy groups, and community coalitions. For highly qualified and self-motivated candidates, there is the potential to pursue advanced independent projects and to adapt your work plan to better suit individual interests and goals for personal/professional development. HAVE AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE & FALL IN LOVE WITH MONTANA: Friendly communities: It’s so easy to meet people, make friends and find fun things to do in our towns (a lot easier than in a big city!) Outdoor recreation: Spend a year surrounded by spectacular scenery, untouched natural ecosystems, and abundant wildlife, with easy access to world class skiing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting/kayaking, and fishing. Rich western heritage: Soak up the history of Montana’s many American Indian tribes, explorers like Lewis & Clark, cowboys & cattle ranchers, prospectors and mining barons, etc. HOW TO APPLY We are looking for applicants who… Are passionate about building a healthier future for school children and motivated to serve disadvantaged and low-income/high-need communities Have experience working in or studying food systems, public health, nutrition, education, community organizing, public service, advocacy or outreach Are seeking an opportunity to gain hands-on experience for their career Are committed to working hard in order to make a difference Are self-motivated, well-organized, comfortable working independently, with minimal supervision Possess strong leadership qualities, excellent communication skills, a positive/enthusiastic attitude, and the capacity to build/maintain strong interpersonal relationships across a large network of collaborators and community members Will be able to cope with unexpected and adverse situations without loss of composure or good humor, persevere in the face of challenges and difficulties, and work to find creative and innovative solutions Additional Qualifications: Candidates must have use of a car, and a valid driver’s license for travel to and from schools and event sites. Candidates with a background in dietetics, nutrition, public health, education, early childhood development, etc. are especially encouraged to apply. Submitting Your Application: Applications for the 2016-2017 service term will be accepted HERE starting in Spring 2016. To find open positions, search "Hunger" under "Tell Us Your Interests" and "Montana" under "Choose Where to Serve." All applicants must: Supply two references with email addresses (see application form). Pass a background check (see application form) Verify eligibility and high school diploma/equivalent Montana No Kid Hungry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Montana No Kid Hungry will make reasonable accommodations for any of our members’ special needs. For more information about disability inclusion, your rights as a service member, and our responsibilities to you, go to: http://serve.mt.gov/disability-inclusion/ For more AmeriCorps opportunities in Montana, please visit: http://serve.mt.gov/for-americorps-members/ If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Program Coordinator Linda Cleatus via email at LCleatus@mt.gov, or by phone at (406) 444-3925.
Afterschool Meal Programs
Afterschool meals and snacks provide children with nutrition when they are at their hungriest - afterschool. Many kids rely on school meals; when children receive food afterschool, they can return to their homes with a full stomach and adequately prepare for the next school day. Watch this video to see a successful afterschool meal program in action! The Child and Adult Care Food Program Afterschool Meal Program (CACFP), housed under the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Montana, provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served to children in centers that are located in a school district where at least 50% of children receiving free and reduced price school lunches. This program is not restricted to afterschool programs only. Traditional child care facilities may participate if they also have children who attend afterschool. The Afterschool Snack Program, under the National School Lunch Program, also provides reimbursement to schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs) for snacks served to children participating in afterschool programs. Share Our Strength and APCO Insight conducted research to better understand families’ needs, awareness of, and interest in the Afterschool Meals Program. View their report here: Afterschool Meals Report.