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AmeriCorps VISTA spotlight: Kayla Cannon

AmeriCorps VISTA spotlight: Kayla Cannon

Taking Snack in a Pack into the new year


AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members have been serving the community for 10 years. While serving, members focus on six key areas - disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.


One such AmeriCorps VISTA member proudly serving the community is Kayla Cannon. Cannon joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program as the Snack in a Pack coordinator. Cannon ’s primary focus is to continue the legacy of the program. “I decided to become a VISTA because others had talked highly of the program. I think it is a great program,” says Cannon.


Cannon feels close to the Snack in a Pack program because volunteerism has been a part of her life since she was young.  She remembers watching her mother volunteer at the local senior center.  She remembers helping out as well by visiting with the senior citizens, working in the kitchen and delivering meals.  Cannon  has also volunteered with events in the Family Readiness Group, as well as the Parent Teacher Organization.


Cannon  believes that this position will help her connect with others and get more involved with what is going on in the community. Cannon is excited to take Snack in a Pack into the new year. 


Snack in a Pack is an AmeriCorps VISTA program that provides supplemental food packs to more than 300 students in the Waynesville R-VI School District who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. It costs approximately $5.00 to feed one student for one weekend. The program relies on the generosity of its partners, donors and community volunteers to continue its mission to feed hungry children and improve educational success.



The Community Resource Office (CRO), under the direction of Courtney Long, is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers, AmeriCorps school tutors, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack Program, college and career readiness, service learning, and more. These programs are made possible by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN). For more information about the CRO Programs or how to get involved, contact (573) 842-2250 or


"Issued December 21, 2018"