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Month: September 2017

To Get Kids Eating Breakfast, Follow This Strategy

FoodCorps member Ailish Dennigan is a 2016 recipient of  Share Our Strength’s Breakfast After the Bell grant. The grant provided funding and guidance to launch a breakfast cart pilot project at her service site, Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut. Over the course of just a few weeks, her school more than doubled breakfast participation. We spoke with Ailish about how she made it happen.

A Complex Problem Needs a Complex Solution

FoodCorps Service Member Lauren Burke won the 2017 FoodCorps Victory Growers Award “for a compelling account of hunger and food insecurity,” winning a $5,000 prize for her service site, Moencopi Developers Corporation in Tuba City, AZ. The award, sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers, highlights that many children struggle with hunger and food insecurity, and that the food they receive at school is the most important meal they will get all day.

Addressing Childhood Hunger in Hawai’i’s Schools

FoodCorps Service Member Carly Wyman was a runner-up in the 2017 FoodCorps Victory Growers Award “for a compelling account of hunger and food insecurity,” winning a $1,000 prize for her service site, Kua O Ka La in Pahoa, HI. The award, sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers, highlights that many children struggle with hunger and food insecurity, and that the food they receive at school is the most important meal they will get all day.

Hungry for Change

FoodCorps Service Member Mary Grace Stoneking was a runner-up in the 2017 FoodCorps Victory Growers Award “for a compelling account of hunger and food insecurity,” winning a $1,000 prize for her service site, Van Buren School District in Van Buren, AR. The award, sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers, highlights that many children struggle with hunger and food insecurity, and that the food they receive at school is the most important meal they will get all day.

Norwalk Schools Receive $52K Grant To Expand Breakfast Program

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Public Schools has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the American Association of School Administrators. The grant money will fund equipment needed to expand a “grab ‘n go” breakfast program piloted last year at Brookside Elementary School to a majority of schools across the district.

Meet this year’s FoodCorps CT Service Members!

Welcome to a new cohort of 20 FoodCorps AmeriCorps members serving in 40 schools statewide! Katie Alderman is a recent college graduate passionate about healthy food and community empowerment. Both of her parents are teachers, and she has always valued early childhood education very highly. She believes that all kids can succeed, and thinks that access … Continued

FoodCorps provides lessons on healthy eating

by Laraine Weschler, Republican-American NAUGATUCK — Healthy choices are on the menu at Hop Brook Elementary School as a new program this year aims to convince students to fall in love with healthy food and eat it every day. Amy Swanson, an AmeriCorps volunteer from Oregon, is launching a FoodCorps program at the school. Swanson chatted with … Continued