Gain skills and become a changemaker

FoodCorps offers you a unique and transformative service experience.

You’ll make a measurable difference in the lives of your students, while gaining professional skills and becoming part a network of changemakers that will continue to grow beyond your time with FoodCorps.

In addition, as an AmeriCorps service member with FoodCorps, you will be eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • $18,250 living allowance: paid bi-weekly
  • $5,815 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award: Pay for future schooling or repay qualified student loans. Learn more here
  • Student loan forbearance: Learn more here
  • Health insurance: Basic health, vision and dental coverage. Learn more here
  • Partial childcare reimbursements: Learn more here

You may also be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps, based on your total income.

“My service with FoodCorps changed my life. It was a crucial stepping stone that launched my career in the field of public health nutrition.”
—Daniel Schultz, Project Administrator at ChildObesity180 at Tufts University

Ongoing Training

  • Summer orientation and training: One week with all corps members from around the country, with hands-on learning on topics including food and nutrition education, school gardening, classroom management and local food procurement.
  • Local and regional trainings: After you head back to your communities, you’ll be trained by local leaders throughout the year, honing your skills as teachers, gardeners, community organizers and project managers.
  • Webinars led by experts: You’ll have year-round opportunities to learn from tailor-made online trainings on topics including networking and meeting facilitation.
  • Small discussion groups: You can sign up for recurring deep dive discussion/affinity groups with fellow corps members.
  • Service Member of Color Cohort: Native/indigenous service members and service members of color meet for a special gathering with members of our Alumni of Color Cohort, to connect and learn from one another ahead of FoodCorps’ National Orientation.

“I really appreciated the pre-orientation gathering as a way of starting the narrative of social justice for the week. I saw so many people of color speak their minds, create space, and share their experience as a result of the strength and community we found that first day.”

Professional Development

FoodCorps is committed to training you for a successful year of service as well as for life after FoodCorps. We will help you take the next step in your careers by providing trainings on career exploration, opportunities for mentorship and access to our library of resources. We also offer specialized support focused on the following career paths: Education, School Food Leadership, Nutrition & Public Health, Agriculture & Food Production, Policy & Advocacy and Nonprofit Management.

Read more on our Alumni page.