- 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.
FoodCorps New York is working to address these inequities in NYC by investing in key neighborhoods identified by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; East and Central Harlem (Community Districts 110-11), South Bronx (CDs 201-6), and North and Central Brooklyn (CDs 303-5, 316). Our Service Members partner with school communities to promote healthy school food environments in ways that suit both the unique circumstances of NYC’s large, urban school system, and the individual cultures of our partner schools.
Even in such a big city, the network of food education organizations is connected and collaborative. By serving in New York City, you will join a vibrant network of urban gardeners, food justice advocates, educators, and organizations that are working to change the food system both in schools and in the community at large. 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.