- Program Associate Director:Katie Rainwater
- Team Leader:Kirsten Blackburn
For more information on getting involved with FoodCorps in North Carolina, please contact Katie.
Why Serve in North Carolina?
North Carolina’s economy is deeply rooted in agriculture; over 20% of the workforce is employed by the industry, and the state is the number one producer of sweet potatoes, flue-cured tobacco, and broiler chickens across the entire country.
Beginning in 1997, North Carolina was one of the first states to incorporate a statewide farm to school initiative that sources NC-grown produce for school meals. Today, the NCDA Farm to School Program reaches over one million children across the entire state, serving over a million pounds of locally grown produce each year. North Carolina also has the designation of being one of the first states to adopt FoodCorps in communities under the Direction of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), North Carolina 4-H, and in collaboration with many community partners.
Despite the rich and multifaceted history and presence of agriculture in the state, there are many food-related challenges we’re working to address. Over one-fifth of our children are living in poverty, and 27% of kids in North Carolina are designated as food insecure. We recognize that in order for our youth to have the healthiest, most vibrant futures they deserve, we must work to allocate resources and foundational tools in a way that empowers our communities to make this change happen. In North Carolina, FoodCorps partners with county cooperative extension agencies, nonprofit organizations, and district school nutrition services to join efforts with local communities already embarking on change initiatives in their towns and cities.
North Carolina has a culturally intricate and ever-evolving landscape. We take great pride in our people, our state, and the future that North Carolina is shaping. Serving here means serving alongside a long history of powerful and committed community champions working towards a more equitable food system. All the while enjoying the hospitality of southern culture, the incredibly varied food landscape, and the unmatched geographic diversity.