Food Access Coordinator – KCDC

Location of Service: Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) – 901 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation:

CAC Beardsley Community Farm is an urban educational farm that promotes food security and sustainable agriculture. Beardsley’s goal is to increase food security in Knoxville through produce donations, accessible education, and land and resources for gardening. Beardsley Farm grows over 10,000 pounds of produce on about four-acres of productive land with the help of over 2,000 annual volunteers.

Position Summary:

The CAC VISTA member will develop more sustainable food security services through identifying existing or needed resources in the community, co-write grants for existing community gardens, food access, and outdoor programming, work with expanding food access partnerships to underserved KCDC properties, develop educational opportunities around food for residents at KCDC properties, collect best practices, observations, and existing research around food insecurity and access for low-income individuals, arrange and assist with partnership-based community activities such as food and commodities distribution, review data collected from KCDC needs assessment to identify high need properties and areas while developing a matrix to connect needs with partners.

  • develop list of food access partners in the greater Knoxville area
  • develop list of grant opportunities
  • develop seminar ideas for residents at KCDC properties
  • collect best practices, observations, and existing research around food insecurity and access for low-income individuals
  • arrange and assist with partnership-based community activities such as food and commodities distribution.
  • develop a needs matrix based on available data
  • evaluate food access programs and partnerships on an annual basis
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; social media platforms; Zoom.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work well in a team environment with residents, community partners, and KCDC staff.
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $15,001.50 or, $575.40 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 52 weeks.
  • Education Award of $6,345 that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses or a $1,800 end-of-service stipend.
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Relocation & Close-of-Service travel allowance if moving more than 50 miles from your home to serve.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Settling-In Allowance of up to $750 (must be requested).
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility status for federal hiring after completion of service.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.