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Volunteer Surveyor of Healthy Food Access in Metro Detroit

Looking for a volunteer surveyor to join a team interested in access to food, healthy environments, and public health to help map nutritional food access in Metro Detroit's grocery stores.

HELP survey healthy food access in Metro Detroit this summer!

The goal of this project is to create a comprehensive map of Metro Detroit (10 counties!) food stores with accurate measures of the quality and availability of fresh foods or healthy food options as defined by the NEMS survey in order to create a base of knowledge to improve the regional food system. 


·NEMS certified

·Can commit 10-15 hours a week (or whatever amount, contact us!)

·Passionate about food systems and access to healthy foods

·Learn more. . .

Questions? Contact Alex B. Hill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Indy Hunger Network Cooking Education AmeriCorps VISTA

Organization description


The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a coalition of anti-hunger organizations in Indianapolis. Its mission is to create a sustainable system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need. 

IHN works to:

- Foster collaboration and build on the capabilities of the major food-providing community organizations

- Identify opportunities to make the food system work better for hungry people

- Establish projects to make improvements

- Monitor health of overall food system

- Create awareness of hunger and how to address it


VISTA members placed at IHN work directly with the Board President and will develop partnerships with non-profit and government entities to expand access to healthy food. Members are integral to the entire project development process, working to research, develop, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition assistance. VISTA members will gain extensive valuable experience in community development and public health, working with a variety of partners. 

Member Duties.  

The VISTA will help complete a community-based cooking education program in a half dozen sites. This pilot will then serve as the basis for expanding the program to dozens of sites city wide. Elements of the project include:

1) Working with community partners to complete and evaluate the pilot phase

2) Supporting outreach to faith communities and others to recruit additional sites

3) Working as part of a team to develop and implement a plan for full scale implementation of program

4) Assisting with attainment of grant funding to support full scale implementation

5) Deploying and coordinating a team of volunteers to organize and manage the effort at multiple sides

6) Monitoring progress and learning from experiences gained.


While all projects provide opportunity to work collaboratively with food assistance professionals, a great amount of time is spent working independently. The VISTA must be self-motivated, disciplined, exhibit strong communication skills and be a creative thinker.


To Apply 

Applications will be accepted through the AmeriCorps application service until June 16 or when the position is filled:


This position is a one-year commitment beginning in August 2015, and will include a Pre-Service Orientation.


Read more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

Review the benefits associated with VISTA service here.


UMSFP 2015 Annual Report

Wondering what UMSFP and our member groups have been up to for the past year? Read all about it in our Annual Report!

It's an exciting time to be part of the  sustainable food scene here at UM, and our member groups have accomplished so many things this past year. You're sure to be inspired by the great work they do!

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future is pleased to announce the request for proposals for their second round of Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability.

This program is intended to stimulate original cross-disciplinary research and development of sustainable solutions that address the world’s most pressing problems in six focus areas: sustainable agriculture and food systems, energy transitions, one health, sustainable communities, new materials, and computational sustainability. Each fellow will have two advisers, a lead adviser from Cornell and a secondary adviser from an external non-university organization. 

More information is available on our website on the attached RFP and poster.

Detroit Food Academy AmeriCorps VISTA

Detroit Food Academy is bringing an AmeriCorps VISTA into our team this coming year!  Please share and apply via theAmeriCorps portal by May 25!

Neighborhood Ally Description: To support Detroit high school students in actualizing as holistic young leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful, the Detroit Food Academy *VISTA project will build the capacity of our organization through the development of a partnerships, a community-rooted guidebook, and activity trainings for DFA high schools and partner neighborhoods.

Detroit Food Academy is a place-based, experiential leadership program dedicated to transforming the lives of young Detroiters through food and social entrepreneurship. We partner with high schools, educators, and food entrepreneurs to facilitate a year-round practicum culminating in the design and launch of students' own triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) food businesses. By developing food-based solutions in their communities, students learn to identify problems, implement solutions, and grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.  Students graduate our program as entrepreneurial thinkers confident in their own power, conscious of the food system, familiar with business principles, and connected to networks of mentorship and support.

Apply by May 25 at

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