FOODCORPS SERVICE IN ARIZONA
Arizona is home to 22 federally-recognized, sovereign Native American communities and numerous other Indigenous communities. At one time Arizona was a part of Mexico, thus Southern Arizona is greatly influenced by Mexican culture. The history and culture of each community shapes the local landscape in distinct ways. In addition to diverse culture, Arizona also has a diverse landscape. Despite the warm and arid climate, Indigenous people of Arizona have been growing food for their families for over 4,000 years and to date Arizona is known for citrus, cotton, and lettuce production. Even with the presence of historical and current agricultural practices, 1 in 4 kids go hungry in Arizona due to scarcity of resources and/or quality of food.
WHAT WAS SERVICE LIKE IN ARIZONA?
From 2010 to 2020 FoodCorps Arizona partnered with school districts and community-based organizations across the I-10 and I-17 corridor, to serve K-5 schools in urban and rural communities. Regardless of the hosting service site being a school district or community-based organization, FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members integrated into and served in 1-2 schools on a daily basis. Once in the schools, service members connected with students in grades K-5 to teach them about healthy food through food or garden-based lessons and activities in the classroom, cafeteria or other places within the school environment. Some examples of such activities include Try Day Friday taste tests for students, after school garden club, culinary club, and promotion of healthy food fundraisers. FoodCorps no longer operates in Arizona.