FoodCorps Recruitment Is Underway
FoodCorps, a national organization that connects children in limited resource communities to healthy food in school, has opened applications for its seventh annual class of AmeriCorps service members. The selected community leaders will dedicate one year of full-time, paid public service in school food systems – teaching hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting food, collaborating with food service staff to steer students towards the healthiest options in the cafeteria, and working alongside school administrators and teachers to foster a schoolwide culture of health.
“What we feed our children in school––and what we teach them about food there––shapes their health and success over a lifetime. By joining FoodCorps, you will have a chance to do something incredibly important: connect children in your community to healthy food, and give them the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive,” said Curt Ellis, FoodCorps co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Fariview Elementary School Principal, Angela Dawson says, “FoodCorps makes a huge difference in the learning that happens in our school! It allows students the chance to participate in hands on learning that engages them deeper into what we are trying to teach them. Our kids need FoodCorps!”
Our country is raising a generation of children that is overweight, vulnerable to diet-related disease, and ill-equipped to make good decisions about food. The effects of this crisis are devastating and lasting: children who lack a quality diet are more likely to suffer from a variety of health problems, which in turn contribute to social and productivity challenges throughout their lifetimes: they score lower on tests, miss more days of school, advance less in their careers, and raise children who repeat this cycle at elevated rates.
FoodCorps addresses the root cause—access and connection to healthy food—partnering with schools and communities to address these issues in the place where our country’s most vulnerable children eat the majority of their calories. The Piedmont Triad area is ranked second in the nation for food insecurity (FRAC 2012) and much of this need is centered in High Point. Therefore, all schools served by Guilford County FoodCorps service members are located in High Point.
In its first seven years, FoodCorps has brought important progress to the schools it serves, demonstrating measurable change to children’s eating habits and helping the schools it partners with become healthier environments. Hundreds of our AmeriCorps service members have introduced new healthy recipes into cafeterias, built and taught in hundreds of school gardens from New Mexico to Connecticut, and engaged thousands of volunteers and parents in their efforts. In addition, FoodCorps provides valuable skills and training to the service members who go through the program, setting them up for careers in school food, public health and education. Benefits of AmeriCorps service include a $18,250 stipend ($22,000 in NY and CA), health care, training, and a $5,920 education award.
This year FoodCorps seeks up to 230 men and women with a passion for serving their communities, a commitment to social justice and an interest in jumpstarting their careers.
Applications are due March 15th. Emerging leaders interested in getting more information should go to https://foodcorps.org/apply.
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to healthy food in school. FoodCorps places these leaders in limited-resource schools for a year of public service where they teach hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting food, collaborate with food service staff to steer students towards the healthiest options in the cafeteria, and work alongside school administrators and teachers to foster a schoolwide culture of health.
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development