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Fight Hunger & Pay for Education with AmeriCorps Service
  Two Programs, One Goal

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger sponsors two AmeriCorps national service programs, all of which enable participants to serve the country while fighting hunger. Each program provides a small living allowance and educational award ($5,645 for a full year of service; less for a shorter stint) that can be used to pay back old student loans or for graduate school. For more information regarding AmeriCorps National service programs click here.

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Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps, National VISTA Program

Overview: The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, in conjunction with some of the nation’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations, is beginning its fourth year of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC), a multi-state, 128-member AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Walmart Foundation. This program engages VISTA members and partnering organizations in NYCCAH’s mission of “moving society beyond the soup kitchen” by breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthful, nutritious foods via benefit utilization, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , formerly known as Food Stamps), the Summer Food Service Program and other USDA FNS programs. AHOC members work with anti-hunger organizations in building their capacity and sustainability to ensure programs continue long after the VISTA members’ term. Projects include: writing grants and/or assisting in fundraising activities; recruiting, training and managing volunteers; convening community members to survey effectiveness of programs; train organizational staff to provide nutrition education outreach; enhance awareness of programs by engaging community members in educational opportunities; and much more.   

The AHOC program has been around since 2010 with 45 members in 20 states and has expanded since to include 128 members in 32 states across the country.

For those interested in applying:

Current Openings:

NYCCAH is currently recruiting for Year 5 of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Project in the following cities:

  • Hartford, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Barre, VT
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Pahrump, NV
  • Albany, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Cuba, NY
  • Clackamas, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Nashville, TN
  • Amarillo, TX
  • San Angelo, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Tyler, TX
  • Richmond, VA

Where will you work? VISTA volunteers work in both rural and urban areas at a diverse array of organizations including anti-hunger and poverty organizations, food service agencies and government agencies.

Term of Service: One year, 365 days

Deadline: Members will start in November 2014. We recommend interested applicants apply ASAP at our program listings -

Summer Associate VISTA Program

Overview: The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Core also provides the opportunity to work for a summer term on a variety of anti-hunger activities, but primarily to increase participation of low-income children in the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program.

Where will you work? VISTA volunteers work in both rural and urban areas at a diverse array of organizations including anti-hunger and poverty organizations, food service agencies and government agencies.

Term of Service: There are two terms of service for Summer Associates, a 10 week program and an 8 week. The program dates for Summer 2014 have not been set.  Current openings: 
There are no openings at this time.

Deadline: Deadlines are April 17th and May 1st respectively.

For more information on the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps project please contact Program Director Amanda Cowgill at or Associate Directors Vicky Dumbuya at or Ella Fowler at

What People are Saying About Our AmeriCorps Programs

“Last year, with the help of our sole AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator, we were able to usher in a stronger program of volunteer service and we now have a database of over 500 volunteers, ready and willing to help out. With her help, we were able to pioneer a completely new program of providing weekend take-home packages for people desperately in need, without having to hire a single additional staff member.” -Alex Rapaport, Masbia

“As a native New Yorker, I sought a meaningful experience to address health disparities and economic insecurity in my hometown after I graduated college. Instead of sporadic volunteering or entry-level positions at non-profits, I determined a year of service as a VISTA would be a better way to learn about this city’s diverse communities, the network of people and agencies working towards economic security for all, and my place in it all. I couldn’t have imagined how much I’d learn. As a VISTA in the NYCCAH office I’ve had the opportunity to have a real impact on the Strategic Volunteer Program development and to work with incredibly diverse anti-hunger organizations. The support network I have in my supervisor, VISTA leader, and everyone at the Coalition is crucial to my development as a young, nonprofit professional and unparalleled in the other positions I explored.” Emily Gargiulo, NYCCAH VISTA

"AmeriCorps enabled me to work when no one else would give me a chance. The program has helped me learn valuable skills that have ultimately led to a full-time position. I am honored to have served two terms in the Anti-Hunger and Empowerment Corps." Vanna Valdez, AmeriCorps Member 2010-2011