Our service members receive extensive training to unlock their potential as effective educators. After a year of service, they are well prepared to pursue careers in K-12 teaching and nonprofit education. The majority of our alumni continue to work in this field after service.

We continue to support these academically minded alums in their development as educators through additional career coaching opportunities.



Kira McNealy

Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for Share Our Strength

CA ’16

Kira’s two terms with FoodCorps took her bicoastal: she served in Waterbury, Connecticut, and then in San Diego, California. She was hired on by her service site, the Food and Nutrition Services department of San Diego Unified School District, to work as a Student and Community School Food Ambassador, working to increase school breakfast and lunch participation through projects like taste tests and focus groups to engage students in authentic conversations about food. She is now working at Share Our Strength in D.C. as a Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for the Cooking Matters program. In this role, she continues to equip children and families with the knowledge and tools to live a healthy lifestyle within their means.

“Without FoodCorps I absolutely would not be where I am today—both successes and failures, the relationships built, the ambiguity and discomfort, the interactions I had with those that were just like me and those that couldn’t be more different all contributed to my personal and professional advancements.”

Stephanie Loui

Program Coordinator at the Kokūa Hawai’i Foundation

HI ‘17

Stephanie Loui came to FoodCorps with a passion for cooking, farming, and working with students. After serving at Kokua Hawai’i Foundation for two years, the organization hired her on as a Program Coordinator. Today, Stephanie works closely with volunteers to lead garden-based and nutrition-based lessons, and helps to train teachers and volunteers in the ‘Aina in Schools curriculum. Thanks to the foundational skills she learned with FoodCorps, Stephanie is expanding her work in local food systems by collaborating on a community food hub: working with farmers to promote local produce and helping both the elderly and children access healthy food.