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Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids?

We want you to be a FoodCorps service member!


"Because you'll make a measurable and visible change in a high-need community. Because you'll meet amazing people. Because you'll be challenged. Because you'll grow."
— Graham Downey, former service member

FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.



FoodCorps service members implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids:

  • Knowledge: food and nutrition education that gives kids the information they need to make smart choices

  • Engagement: hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that foster skills and pride around healthy food

  • Access: lunch trays filled with nutritious meals from local farms

“FoodCorps has given me a chance to make tangible change in the community I grew up in."
— Erika Van Dyke, former service member

Dig into the details of what service with FoodCorps looks like by visiting  WHAT YOU’LL DO



As a service member, you will be placed with one Service Site for your year-long term. Service Sites are community organizations that operate in partnership with one of our eighteen Host Sites, statewide organizations that help run FoodCorps in each of the places we serve: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawai'i, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.

Visit WHERE YOU’LL SERVE to learn more about our Host Sites, their work, the Service Sites they partner with, and what your service might look like in each location.



For your year of full-time AmeriCorps service, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • $17,500 living allowance
  • $5,775 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Health insurance
  • Partial childcare reimbursements
  • Training and mentorship
  • Alumni network
  • The experience of a lifetime!

Explore what FoodCorps has to offer by visiting

"It feels awesome to serve with a community that wants me to succeed and reach my goals. The connections I have made over the course of this year, nationally and locally, are invaluable - and I know these relationships and networks will guide me and support me in the future."
— Kirsten Gerbatsch, former service member



Successful FoodCorps service members:

  • Are passionate about building a healthier future for school children
  • Are motivated to serve full-time in a limited resource community
  • Have experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
  • May have roots already planted in the community they wish to serve
  • Are seeking an opportunity to gain hands-on experience for their career
  • Are committed to working hard in order to make a difference

Additionally, to be considered for an AmeriCorps service member position with FoodCorps, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service (September 1, 2016)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

To learn more about other qualifications, visit WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR.


The application to be a FoodCorps service member for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed. Sign up to get updates along the way and hear when our next cycle opens!

You can read more about our application process here.

If you have any further questions about the service member application process, please visit our FAQs page. If that page doesn't answer your question, reach out to If you have questions about serving in a particular state, please feel free to reach out directly the FoodCorps fellow in that state. Each one of our fellows has one or two years of experience serving with FoodCorps and now helps support the service members in their state. They can provide many useful insights into the service experience on the ground.

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