FoodCorps is dedicated to creating a best-in-class model for what healthy school food environments look like. In the process, we seek to serve as a resource to researchers across the school food field, and to inspire culture shifts and policy change.
What We Measure
Changes in attitudes: In a classroom where a FoodCorps service member teaches for at least 10 hours, 7 in 10 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. Changing kids’ attitudes toward healthy foods is an important precursor to adopting lifelong healthy behaviors.
Changes in school food environments: Through the FoodCorps Healthy School Progress Report, we measure changes happening across each of our participating schools that help make them healthier places to learn, work, and play. 70% of schools that FoodCorps serves were measurably healthier school food environments by the end of this year––and for many of the schools we serve, this is now our fourth consecutive year of progress moving them up the ladder.
Changes in behavior: How does the school food environment impact what students eat in the lunchroom? Our latest evaluation project with the Tisch Food Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, will measure what students are eating in the lunchroom and learn what program components contribute the most to those healthy eating behaviors. Check back in early 2017 to hear what we’ve learned!
Partner perspectives: Together with Spark Policy Institute, we did an external evaluation to get to know the perspectives of some of our most important stakeholders: service site staff, school staff and administration, and community members. 98% of respondents say that they highly value the work of FoodCorps in their community.
“It takes more than books for children to learn. And FoodCorps teaches kids to love real food so they eat it when I put it on the tray.”
—Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of the Office of Food Services at Detroit Public Schools
The Walmart Foundation supports FoodCorps' implementation of a national measurement tool to assess the impact of its programs in the schools it serves.