We’re hiring: Summer HungerCorps Associate

by | May 2, 2023 | Blog, Jobs | 0 comments

AmeriCorps Position
40 hours/week, June 20 – August 28, 2023 (with potential extension until September 1)
Seattle, Washington

Interested applicants should apply on United Way of King County’s hiring portal HERE.

About Hunger Intervention Program

Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is a nonprofit organization based in the Lake City neighborhood of North Seattle. HIP’s mission is to increase food security for underserved populations in North King County through nutritious meals, educational programs, and advocacy. The Summer Meals program is one of our direct service meal programs that support families with children, focusing on families of color, with nutritious food during the summer break when school meals are not available.

About United Way of King County

United Way of King County’s vision is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. United Way concentrates on issues that affect the most vulnerable and on which it can have measurable influence. Under our priority of breaking the cycle of poverty, we are committed to ensuring that families, especially families of color, have access to nutritious food.

Program Overview

Access to good food and supportive relationships shouldn’t end when school is out. In King County, 100,000 low-income children and teenagers rely on free or discounted meals during the school year, but only 1 in 5 of them access locally served free meals during the summer. Additionally, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, local leaders estimate that hunger in our community has tripled. Low-income families and families of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates. 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP or Summer Meals) is a critical resource to ensure that children continue to have access to summer nutrition supports. National studies show that summer meals programs increase food security, reduce susceptibility to chronic diseases, and mitigate summer learning loss for children from low-income families – but prior to the pandemic, less than 15% of low-income youth in King County accessed Summer Meals programs each year. This is due to preventable barriers – including too few sites, lack of awareness about the program, and a lack of activities and incentives to engage kids and teens. 

Your Role

Summer HungerCorps Associates will be part of a passionate cohort of 100 direct service AmeriCorps members working across King County in partnership with community-based organizations to connect families with the food they need. Here at HIP, you will join more than ten other members in this work to support food security during the summer months in northeast Seattle and Shoreline.

Our Summer Associates will increase access to Summer Meals through their service. This is a great opportunity to gain a variety of experiences in a collaborative, fast paced, and supportive work environment. You’ll help to prepare meals in the kitchen, serve meals to kids and families in different outdoor or indoor settings, and facilitate hands-on educational activities to engage youth. Additional duties include conducting grassroots community outreach to get the word out about available food resources, which is imperative in breaking down barriers. Your service will aid in protecting participation and access to the Summer Meals program and help ensure that our community is able to achieve a just and equitable economic recovery from the pandemic. 

As a part of this team, you will be supported with a robust orientation, ongoing training, and the tools and resources you need to be successful. Full training and certification provided. 

Benefits and Compensation

• Biweekly living stipend of $1,027 pre-tax
• Completion bonus from United Way of King County in the amount of $1,000 after successful completion of your service term
• Eligible to receive Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,459.26), or a cash award ($276.64 – $345.80 depending on weeks served) after successful completion of your service year. By law, only AmeriCorps VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.
• Unlimited ORCA Transportation pass
• Mileage reimbursement for travel between service sites
• Receive your Food Handler’s Permit and other professional development training
• Become part of the AmeriCorps Network and part of a high-impact team
• Receive special consideration for United Way’s AmeriCorps teams, beginning Fall 2023


  • 18 years of age or older
  • US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent residents, or persons legally residing in a state. Persons legally residing in a state include (but not limited to) those having the following legal residency classifications: refugee status, asylum or asylee status, temporary protected status, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Unfortunately, F1 Visas are not sufficient. 
  • Available full-time (40 hours per week) from June 20, 2023, to August 28, 2023 
  • Must go through background check
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Per United Way of King County policy, AmeriCorps members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of service. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Please reach out to unitedwayamericorps@uwkc.org if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
  • As part of the hiring process, all candidates will be asked to complete a screening survey. This survey will confirm eligibility and will ask a few started questions to learn a bit more about you. We will send you the link to the screening survey once we have your application, but you can also get a head start on it here: https://forms.gle/ouRsXxwH2ThSDd7ZA

Desired Qualifications

  • Self-starters who are passionate about supporting their community and public service 
  • Comfortable working in a professional kitchen, following food safety guidelines, and preparing meals
  • Ability to engage children and youth in activities and making them feel safe
  • Experience working independently in high-energy environments
  • Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable
  • Ability to build relationships and effectively communicate information to a broad audience, including conducting outreach to parents, youth and other community members
  • Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to apply a racial equity lens towards anti-hunger work
  • Second language skill (especially Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, or Ukrainian) is highly desirable so that we can offer services to families in their preferred or native languages.
  • Ability to drive and a clean driving record is highly desirable. 

Members will frequently move or lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. This position may frequently involve service in outdoor weather conditions, and may involve standing, walking, or moving around the service location for the duration of a shift. This position frequently communicates with staff and community members and must be able to exchange accurate information.

Commitment to Equity in Hiring

Hunger and poverty disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Note on COVID-19

AmeriCorps service fills a critical need in our community and is considered essential work. This is a community-facing position, and members of our team will be required to serve on-site, with limited opportunities for remote work. In this position, you may have direct contact with other team members and members of the community. You will have access to personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as needed. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to CDC guidelines.

How to apply

Apply on United Way of King County’s hiring portal. For questions, contact darcy@hungerintervention.org.

Written by hungerintervention

May 2, 2023

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