Washington, D.C. Metro
- Program Director:Carina Gervacio
- State Advisor:Sam Ullery
For more information, please contact Carina.
Why Serve in Washington, D.C. Metro Area?
FoodCorps Washington, D.C. Metro Area members serve in the heart of our nation’s capitol and experience all this city has to offer, including free museums, a growing local food system, and a backyard that includes the Shenandoah Valley and Great Falls National Park. Between D.C.’s metro and bus system and bike-friendly streets, commuting and getting out of town for the weekend are equally a breeze. While the large-scale growing space in D.C. may be limited, the agricultural landscape in the surrounding states is expansive, and plays an integral part in both school meals and experiential learning for the students. Within the District, there are 107 active school gardens, meaning almost half of schools are providing garden-based education to their students.
D.C. is home to a vast network of food and agriculture organizations that continually collaborate to support schools and their surrounding communities. Serving here means becoming a part of that network and having access to experts in the field. While serving, you will learn about the D.C. Healthy Schools Act, a comprehensive piece of local legislation that creates healthier school environments for all students and includes a mandate for farm to school and school garden programs. Our schools are providing local food to students throughout the school day and the unique combination of food service vendors and in house food production provides ample learning opportunities. If you desire to serve in an urban landscape with an expansive infrastructure, come join us!
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is an agency of the DC Government that sets proactive policies, exercises vigilant oversight and directs resources that guarantee residents receive the highest quality of education. The Healthy Schools Act Initiatives team of OSSE’s Wellness and Nutrition Services Division was established as a component of the implementation plan for the Healthy Schools Act. This team monitors school menus and compliance with other aspects of the HSA, and also provides technical support and training to schools in the areas of school menus, farm to school, school gardens, local wellness policies, healthy vending, fundraising and prizes, physical activity, physical education, and health education.