The specifics might vary from one school to another, but as a service member, you’ll implement FoodCorps’ evidence-based strategies to help high-need schools become healthy schools.
- Hands-on Learning
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 help organize field trips to local farms or visits from local chefs.
- Healthy School Meals
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 work with food service directors and farmers to get local foods onto the lunch line and get kids in the cafeteria to try samples during taste tests.
- Schoolwide Culture of Health
Schoolwide Culture of Health
Together with the school community, you’ll work to ensure that the whole school environment——from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food. You’ll plan family cooking nights to engage parents and organize healthy fundraisers like school garden markets.
Depending on the school and community you serve, the amount of time you spend across these areas will vary. We’ll do our best to put you in a position that matches your experiences and interests.
Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, eleven month commitment. The 1,700 hours you’ll serve between September and 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).
A Day in the Life
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.
LYDIA – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Lydia’s day spans all ages, from managing high school interns, to mixing compost with middle schoolers, to teaching kindergarteners how to “eat the rainbow.”