FoodCorps is proud to be making a measurable difference for students and schools

More than 75% of FoodCorps schools had measurably healthier school food environments by the end of the school year, and in schools with more of FoodCorps’ hands-on learning activities, the children are eating three times as many fruits and vegetables.

We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their support of this important piece of our work.

We measure:

Changes in Behavior

 

Students in FoodCorps schools with more hands-on learning activities are eating triple the amount of fruits and vegetables as students who receive less of that hands-on learning.

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We measure:

Changes in Attitude

 

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students will finish out the year improving their attitude towards vegetables, trying new ones, or maintaining their high regard for them if they already liked them.

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We measure:

Changes in Schools

 

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of schools that FoodCorps serves were measurably healthier school food environments by the end of this year.

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We measure:

Partner Perspectives

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of FoodCorps stakeholders (sites, schools, partners) say that they highly value the work of FoodCorps in their community. Bottom line: the people we work with find our presence there valuable.

Our impact last year:

  • 161,818

    161,818

    Students Reached

  • 426

    426

    Gardens Supported

  • 440

    440

    New Foods Introduced

  • 6,685

    6,685

    Volunteers Engaged

Stories of Impact

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.

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How FoodCorps uses nature to nurture schoolkids’ skills

There is no typical day, nor typical week, for FoodCorps service members in metro Atlanta. You might find one in a school garden helping students plant kale, sugar snap peas or carrots. Another might be in a classroom making a layered bean dip and talking about the similarities between those layers and the layers in a garden. Or one could be teaching a lesson on the importance of compost or playing a game that helps bring home what it means to have limited access to food.

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Building Garden Support through Sprout Scouts

Sprout Scouts is a skills-based program developed by FoodCorps and Life Lab that provides FoodCorps service members the resources and activities they need to teach their students about cooking, gardening and nutrition education in a hands-on, fun and engaging way.

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