As a service member, you’ll implement FoodCorps’ evidence-based strategies to help schools become healthier places to grow and learn. The majority of a service member’s time is spent teaching in the classroom and garden, and the amount you are spending on each of the below activities will vary.
- Lead hands-on lessons
Lead hands-on lessons
You’ll teach students to grow, cook, and taste new foods, building their skills and changing their food preferences. You’ll collaborate with teachers on integrating food into the curriculum, and you may help organize field trips to local farms or visits from chefs.
- Influence healthy school meals
Influence healthy school meals
You’ll cultivate a cafeteria experience that steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new foods. You'll get kids in the cafeteria to try samples during taste tests, and you may even work with food service directors and farmers to get local foods onto the lunch line.
- Build a schoolwide culture of health
Build a schoolwide culture of health
Together with the school community, you’ll work to ensure that the whole school environment—from hallways to classrooms to the cafeteria—celebrates healthy food. You may plan family cooking nights and organize healthy fundraisers.
Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, 11.5-month commitment. The 1,700 hours you’ll serve between August to July will mostly take place during school and business hours, but evenings and weekends are occasionally required. You’ll also join us in Portland, Oregon in early August for a week-long orientation (don’t worry, we’ll cover the costs).
Want to know what it’s like to serve in a particular state? Contact the state’s program coordinator, program manager, or director via the Connect section of the state’s page.
Apply to Be a Team Leader!
Team Leaders are one-year AmeriCorps positions that support service members in collaboration with FoodCorps state staff. Team Leaders provide training, coaching, and feedback to a statewide cohort of up to 11 service members each. Team Leader positions are available in Arizona, Hawai’i, Georgie, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon. You can apply to be a Team Leader using the service member application. Team Leader positions are open to all, but returning FoodCorps service members receive priority.
A Day in the Life of a FoodCorps Service Member
AHREAF – Jackson, Mississippi
After teaching kindergarteners about seasons and second graders about compost, Ahreaf gets some students to come over to the school garden during recess.
Rhea – Rocky Mount, North Carolina
When the local markets don’t have an essential ingredient for her lesson, Rhea must be resourceful and figure out a new plan.
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