Community Food Security VISTA Project

Building capacity to create self-reliant neighborhoods


Join our team in the Waterloo, Iowa metro area and Cedar Rapids, Iowa to improve food security among vulnerable populations. The University of Northern Iowa Local Food Program (housed in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education), Feed Iowa First, People's Community Health Clinic, and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank are the leading entities collaborating to develop these initiatives and implement them.

Parts of Service

Farmer graphicBuilding capacity to grow food in low-income and recent immigrant neighborhoods/backyards Farm GraphicBuilding capacity of emergency food sectors to source fresh food and collaborate with local farms & creating employment for vulnerable populations


As an AmeriCorps site, UNI CEEE mobilizes passionate AmeriCorps service members across various organizations to build capacity for a mobile produce stand for fresh veggies from local farms in several neighborhoods, strengthening volunteer capacity and community engagement, helping food banks purchase from local farms, and helping patients receive . You would learn about long term strategies towards community food security. 

Volunteers harvest onions at a local farm

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Veggie Stand

Giving money - click here to donate.                                                           


 Giving time - click here to volunteer.


Joining AmeriCorps - click here to apply.


The Problem

Almost 19,000 individuals (14.3%) are food insecure in Black Hawk county; 5000 are children.

Bowl of Soup

Nearly 24,000 individuals (16%) are food insecure in Black Hawk county; 1 in 6 are children.

Children with vegetables

Our Solution

We train and support AmeriCorps service members to serve in local organizations actively working to improve access to healthy, nutritious foods in our communities.

Our Partners

Food Security AmeriCorps

CEEE In Action
Engaging students in the community