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A Year of Service, a Lifetime of Support

Nurturing Impactful Careers for Alumni

Our model for change is about much more than your year of service. You’ll stay connected to FoodCorps throughout your career.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Here are six core career paths where FoodCorps alumni are changing the world

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of alumni work in one of these six career paths

Nutrition & Public Health

Health educators, researchers, and clinical dietitians are the essential professionals who work to make our society healthier every day. They study, teach, communicate, and practice positive relationships with food.

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Education

Kids’ formative experiences in school are as critical to their development as what they eat. School teachers, administrators, and other leaders teach, inspire, and nurture them, and prepare them for thriving lives as adults.

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Nonprofit Management

The nonprofit sector drives positive change in our world. It’s full of passionate people who dream of a better, more just society, and who work tirelessly to create it in so many ways—from the arts to the neighborhood, from the global environment to local needs.

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School Food Leadership

School nutrition directors play a powerful role in shaping the day-to-day operations of school food. They work with school leaders and food service staff to create sustainable cafeterias that truly nourish kids.

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Policy & Advocacy

Policy makers, influencers, and advocates envision and shape the laws that guarantee nourishing food for all. Policy advocates lead us, ultimately, toward a more just society.

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Agriculture & Food Production

It all starts with the food we grow and produce. A career in agriculture and local food systems is truly rooted in place.

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Stephanie Lip and Sarah Doherty, FoodCorps alumnae, and Dan Giusti, founder of Brigaid, share their experiences working in school food leadership roles.

Trainings

Take advantage of the unique, in-depth opportunities we offer alumni, giving you the tools you need to advance along your chosen career path. Our onsite and remote programs include seminars on career development; subject-specific conferences, trainings, and webinars; online courses; and mentorship opportunities.

BIMPOC Alumni Convenings

Every other year, FoodCorps convenes a cohort of our Black, Indigenous, Multiracial, and People of Color alums to facilitate network-building and develop leadership skills.

Networks

Members of our nationwide alumni network plug into an online community where they can find mentorship, advice, interest groups, or a listening ear. Local alumni chapters convene in person to socialize, mobilize, and build professional connections.

Alumni grants

FoodCorps distributes $25,000 annually through dedicated alumni grants. FoodCorps alumni can apply for grants up to $5,000 to support personal professional development, service projects, seed funding, community COVID relief, and more.

Alumni Council

T​​he FoodCorps Alumni Council is a cohort of six FoodCorps alumni who advise on FoodCorps’ virtual career fairs, grant applications, and policy engagement. Each council member is expected to spend 10 hours monthly working on alumni projects and receives a $500 stipend. Council members serve from January to the end of May.

Online resources

Alumni gain lifetime access to two ever-growing online resources: The Toolshed and FoodCorps Connect. The Toolshed is an online library of how-to tools for healthy food education programming, sourcing healthy foods in school, community organizing, and more. FoodCorps Alumni Connect is an online community for alumni and current service members to seek out and connect with career mentors, build their network, and find jobs.

FoodCorps Alums Noel Webster and Catherine Marlene Yanez participate in an activity.

Alumni Stories From the Skillet

FoodCorps Alum Spotlight: Paloma Jones Grows Connections

FoodCorps Alum Spotlight: Paloma Jones Grows Connections

We caught up with FoodCorps alum Paloma Jones to see how she continues to connect to communities post-service.

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FoodCorps Alum Emily Olsen to Head Cloud City Conservation Center

FoodCorps Alum Emily Olsen to Head Cloud City Conservation Center

FoodCorps alum Emily Olsen will utilize her health equity and food justice experience as director of the Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) in Colorado.

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FoodCorps Alumna on training the next generation of food justice advocates

FoodCorps Alumna on training the next generation of food justice advocates

As a recent graduate of the nonprofit FoodCorps, which aims to change children’s eating habits by providing more opportunities to eat healthy foods like fruit and vegetables, Reckard has seen firsthand the social benefits of introducing schoolchildren to the world of horticulture.

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Video: A Year of Service, A Lifetime of Impact

Video: A Year of Service, A Lifetime of Impact

Three alumni share how their experiences with FoodCorps led them to exciting and meaningful careers post-service.

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FoodCorps Alumna is helping Maine families start gardens

FoodCorps Alumna is helping Maine families start gardens

Ali Mediate is the founder of Maine Foodscapes, a group of entrepreneurs and volunteers aiming to educate on local foods while enabling Mainers to start growing on their own

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FoodCorps Alumni Featured on Southern Living

FoodCorps Alumni Featured on Southern Living

Mississippi alumni Lauren Rhoades and Liz Broussard were profiled in Southern Living’s “30 Incredible Women Moving Southern Food Forward.”

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