Become an AmeriCorps Host Site

Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps consists of passionate, independent, hardworking service members working with local schools and communities to lead the fight against childhood hunger in Montana.  If you would like to bring NKH AmeriCorps to YOUR community, keep reading!

Download a host site information packet and application here: NKH AmeriCorps 2017-2018 Site Application

Download information about hosting a Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps member: AmeriCorps Service Site Information

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WHAT IS THE NO KID HUNGRY AMERICORPS?

WHO: No Kid Hungry service members are fully-trained bright, motivated, hardworking people who care about kids’ health.

WHERE: YOUR district. (There is also an option to co-host a member with another local organization or district)

WHEN: September 2016 for 1700 hours, up to 1 year.  

WHAT’S REQUIRED: A workspace and an engaged site supervisor to plan, help guide and oversee service work, and celebrate success.

HOW MUCH: The cost share to local service sites is $4000 per full-time service member for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO HOSTING A MEMBER?

  • Help mitigate childhood hunger and strengthen the future for your community.
  • Increase participation rates in beneficial nutrition programs like school breakfast, after school meals, and summer feeding. Enhance existing school breakfast programs, giving your students an academic boost.
  • Teach your students principles of healthy eating, cooking, nutrition and good health that will serve them life-long.
  • Strengthen partnerships between schools, businesses and nonprofits for the benefit of your community.
  • Engage students in creating positive change through kids-helping-kids community service projects.
  • Tailor program objectives and service projects to your district’s specific needs, values, and priorities.
  • Service term is 1700 hours, up to 1 year, full time. Cost share is only $4000 per service term.

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

The fundamental objective of the No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps is to help local communities develop sustainable ways to connect kids to healthy food. Within these parameters, our program is highly flexible and customizable. We work closely with partners and supervisors to create a service plan that meets the specific needs of your district and community, and is in line with your values, priorities, and goals.

Below is a menu of service options that can be used as the starting point for creating a service plan that best serves YOUR district:

CORE OBJECTIVE 1: BUILD EFFECTIVE SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS

School nutrition programs are not only an effective way to mitigate childhood hunger in our communities – they also build healthier classroom environments and strengthen all students’ future success. NKH AmeriCorps members provide direct assistance and support to local schools committed to starting, expanding, or improving school nutrition programs such as:

  • School Breakfast (emphasis on innovative service models and approaches to increasing access/appeal)
  • Summer Feeding
  • Afterschool Snacks & Meals

Service projects may include:

  • Design a custom meal program that works best for your facilities, budget, staff, and studentswith an emphasis on innovative approaches and alternative service models that maximize visibility, convenience, accessibility and appeal.
  • Assist food service staff with menu redesign for optimum nutrition and appeal, recipe development, procurement, student surveys and taste-tests.
  • Conduct ongoing outreach and promotion to students and parentsto raise awareness of breakfast availability and importance to academic success, conduct promotional events to increase participation and promote healthy eating habits, assist with FRP-enrollment.
  • Provide logistical support during planning and implementationincluding staffing support during roll-out/transition, stakeholder communications, fundraising and grant-writing, volunteer recruitment, ongoing program monitoring and assessment. 

CORE OBJECTIVE 2: PROMOTE NUTRITIONAL LITERACY AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Our programs teach healthy nutritional principles, eating habits, cooking skills, and social awareness to help them grow into healthy, productive, responsible, community-minded citizens.

  • Nutrition education. Support and develop basic curriculum on general nutrition, health and wellness topics to enhance the existing curriculum. 
  • Cooking classes. Conduct afterschool chefs’ classes and culinary clubs for grades 6-12.
  • Cooking Matters at the Store.  Conduct/promote CMATS tours to educate parents about how to cook and eat healthy food on a budget.

CORE OBJECTIVE 3: PROMOTE YOUTH ENGAGEMENT, SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM

We educate youth about the realities of hunger and poverty, and empower them to make a change through kids-helping-kids service projects, student clubs, individual volunteerism.

  • Youth service. Engage students and community members in fun anti-hunger/anti-poverty volunteerism and fundraising with a theme of “kids helping kids,” fostering a spirit of civic engagement and philanthropy in kids of all ages.
  • Fight Childhood Hunger Week. Recruit youth leaders and participants and plan events/celebrations to raise awareness and money for ending childhood hunger in Montana. (April 11-15, 2016)
  • “Growing Leaders.” Provide mentorship and support to local teens participating in Montana’s Growing Leaders program. 

 OTHER OBJECTIVES:

  • Coalition building to bring together local anti-hunger workers, organizations, businesses, initiatives and institutions.
  • General community outreach and education to raise awareness of local hunger issues and the availability of local resources/aid for those in need.
  • Other activities to support overall student wellness.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“I have found that Breakfast in the Classroom has brought my students together as a community. They are better at sharing, teamwork, and they have formed a caring outlook for one another that I have not seen all year long... More friendships have been formed through this program, and I do not see bullying. I have seen their love for learning go up because they all have full bellies.”

- Katie Kuka, 2nd Grade Teacher, Browning Elementary School

“More kids are coming to school, and they are coming for breakfast. Before we started Breakfast in the Classroom, some kids found it easier to stay home, even if they weren’t getting food there, just to avoid being hungry at school.”

- Nicole Heintzelman, Sixth Grade Teacher, West Elementary, Great Falls Public Schools

 

HOW TO BECOME A NO KID HUNGRY AMERICORPS HOST SITE

If you are interested in hosting a No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps member in your community, please review the additional details provided in the 2016 Site Info & Application packet here.

The 2016 Site Application can be filled out and returned via email (LCleatus@mt.gov) or Fax (406-444-1970).

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING TO BE A 2016 HOST SITE IS MAY 20, 2016.

To learn more about No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps, contact Linda Cleatus (AmeriCorps Program Manager) at LCleatus@mt.gov or 406-444-3925.