AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA

Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is an anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years or older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with an organization (“sponsor”) to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.

Field & Fork Network’s Double Up Food Bucks AmeriCorps VISTA Members focus on community engagement and outreach, identifying gaps in the food system that would benefit from DUFB, education, and much more. Our VISTAs are passionate members of their community who have a deep understanding of how the current system operates and the uniqueness of how their friends and neighbors interact with each other and food.

Meet our AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Jennifer Stanton

Essex & Clinton Counties

Jennifer is an Upstate New York-native, originally from Schoharie, NY, where she grew to love and appreciate small, rural communities. She went on to earn her BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and supplemented her time learning to boulder/rock climb and taking yoga classes at Memorial Hall. Jenn also interned with the Essex County Planning Board and the Town of St. Armand, specifically focusing on needs assessments and asset mapping, was active in student government in college, and is excited to start her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Jennifer and her high school sweetheart relocated to Plattsburgh last year with their pup Al and cat Lyra. She enjoys volunteering and being out in her community as well as in nature.

Shannon Klein

Franklin & St. Lawrence Counties

Shannon brings great enthusiasm, a knowledge of the struggles small business owners face, and a host of local farm connections to her new AmeriCorps position. She was born and raised on a homestead in rural, mountainous Maine so she felt right at home when she and her husband moved to the Adirondack Mountains to raise their three daughters. She has been working with farmers in the area for nearly ten years sourcing food for her family and ceaselessly promoting the benefits of fresh, local food to anyone who will listen. After a decade long career in small business ownership she took some time off to raise her children. But when the opportunity arose to serve her community by connecting all members of her community with the locally produced food she is so passionate about as well as strengthening existing local food networks she couldn’t pass it up!

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