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Martha O'Bryan Center

AmeriCorps Food Security Specialist

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary

About Martha O’Bryan Center 

Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty non-profit organization located in East Nashville. With longstanding history and deep community roots, Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) operates programs supporting education goals for learners of all ages, empowers youth and adults in their careers, and provides stability and support services for families. You can learn more about MOBC here.  

Job Description 

The Food Security Specialist aims to expand the depth of services offered by MOBC’s Food Security program through community engagement. The goal of the Food Security program is to empower healthy families and individuals, many of whom live in “food deserts,” by providing healthy food, nutrition education, and emergency assistance as an integrated part of family resources provided by the center. 


The Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty, to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship. The Center cannot service the community alone, so we partner with organizations like AmeriCorps, to fulfill our mission. 

AmeriCorps members serve 1700 hours over the course of 11 months with Martha O’Bryan Center, gaining hands-on experience working with families, youth, and community members. The crucial components of the MOBC—AmeriCorps years of service program allow you to build your community and professional skills, thereby propelling you towards the next steps in your career and life. 

Check out Martha O’Bryan—AmeriCorps website here! You can read about the federal AmeriCorps program here.    

Hours:  8 am – 4:30 pm

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop partnerships with local farms, grocery stores, and community-based nonprofits to increase the capacity of the Food Security program 
  • Provide referrals to food pantry guests for additional support services and community resources 
  • Assist the Food Security Coordinator with operating the food pantry, which includes stocking, building relationships with Food Bank patrons, and volunteer engagement 
  • Conduct site visits to other emergency food banks in Nashville to understand processes and increase efficiency at MOBC’s food pantry 
  • Serve the public in a professional and courteous manner  
  • Participate in AmeriCorps professional development and community-building workshops 



  • Over 18 years of age 
  • High School diploma or GED 
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S. (you can see the requirements here
  • Pass a background check to work with vulnerable populations 


  • Organized 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment 

Physical Demands & Accessibility 

  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs frequently 
  • Ability to read and differentiate a multitude of food labels 
  • Must be able to stand, squat, and climb on a ladder frequently 

Additional Information


AmeriCorps members receive… 

  • $19,100 living allowance (paid out twice monthly over the course of 11 months) 
  • $7,395 in education award upon successful completion of hours 
  • $500/month in housing allowance 
  • Potential for housing placement, subject to availability 
  • $160/month in health care reimbursements 
  • $25/month in cell phone reimbursement 
  • Unlimited access to MOBC’s food pantry 
  • Monthly professional development and/or networking opportunities 
  • One year toward MOBC seniority (upon successful completion of service)

How to Apply

Apply online HERE


  • Date Posted: June 4, 2024
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services