- State Program Coordinator:Allison Villa
- State Program Director:Andrew Barrett
For more information on getting involved with FoodCorps in New York, please contact Allison.
Why Serve in New York?
With over 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools, the New York City public school district is the largest in the country, and the need for school gardens and healthy food education is enormous. Nearly one in four children in New York City is food insecure, and over 50 percent of New York City public school children are obese or overweight. This issue has a disproportionate effect on low-income communities and communities of color. For instance, obesity rates in East Harlem are three times what they are on the Upper East Side, just a few short blocks away. By serving in New York City, you will have the chance to address these inequities and work with a network of like-minded organizations that are working to change the food system both in schools and in the community at large.
Serving in New York City means that you will work to develop sustainable programs that have a profound impact not only during your service term, but also long after. Even in such a large city, the food education and farm-to-school community is small and connected. You’ll work alongside urban gardeners, food justice advocates, and educators from all over the city and become part of this vibrant network.
By serving in New York City, you’ll also access all of the benefits of living and working in one of the largest and most exciting urban hubs — and one of the greatest food cities — in the world.