FoodCorps alumni represent a pipeline of talent for a range of nutrition education, school food jobs, and other careers tied to improving the health of our nation’s children. After their FoodCorps service is finished, we continue to train and support them, offer funding for their projects, and provide opportunities for them to share their expertise with current corps members.
“I established a professional network that has given me unequaled support in the fields of both education and food. FoodCorps was not only an opportunity for me to serve my community, but an experience that has encouraged and supported me to pursue a career in public service.”
—Dan Chamberlain, now an Enrichment Teacher & Garden Coordinator at Boston Day and Evening Academy
Continued Professional Development
FoodCorps continues to offer our emerging leaders support and training opportunities even after they complete their AmeriCorps service. We invest in our alumni because we know they are the creators and executors of our future food system.
Alumni of Color Cohort
For our very first training organized just for alumni, we brought together a group of indigenous alumni and alumni of color to deepen their understanding of the ways that identity, experience, and culture shape the way that they show up in the food movement and other professional settings and how to bring their full selves to the table and accomplish their goals. This cohort will spend a year supporting each other, getting advice from career mentors, and developing their personal stories to contribute to public conversations on race, culture, health, farming, and food.
Our six-month policy institute kicked off with a training in Washington, D.C. focused on building a foundation of knowledge about the Child Nutrition Act. Alumni put their new knowledge into practice by visiting their representatives on Capitol Hill to encourage them to support strong nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and support the National Farm to School Act. Now that these alumni are back in their communities, they’re developing local teams who will advocate for healthier school food through Congressional site visits, op-eds and social media.
Service Member Trainings
Alumni are invited to join us for portions of trainings organized by FoodCorps for our current service members (which can be useful for anyone in relevant fields!). In addition to formal learning opportunities, alumni are encouraged to connect with each other at these events.
Since our alumni are the greatest experts in FoodCorps service, we also occasionally invite alumni to help train our latest batch of service members too. See how they’ve helped out so far this year >>
Three times a year, we award grants of $500 each to four alumni. Alumni can can use these grants to fund their own professional development, to organize service projects, or to provide seed funding for new ventures. Check out what we made possible during our inaugural cycle >>
Alumni have lifetime access to an online resource library chock full of tools for teaching kids about food, sourcing healthy foods for their schools, and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders. Alumni also get materials produced specifically to help them advance in their careers, including webinars, fact sheets and podcasts.
We keep our powerful network connected through an online community where alumni can find mentorship, advice, or a listening ear.