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

Then we want you to be a FoodCorps Service Member!

The application for fall of 2014 is now closed. Please join our mailing list to stay in touch about the following year.



"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:

  • TEACH children about what healthy food is and where it comes from
  • BUILD and tend school gardens 
  • BRING quality local food into public school cafeterias


"I know for sure, that any position I have in the future, I will probably not ever again get ambushed with hugs by fifteen 1st graders as I try to leave, or get praised with admiration just for simply walking into a room." — Daniel Schultz, 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 fifteen host sites, statewide organizations that help run FoodCorps in each of the places FoodCorps serves: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawai'i, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon.

Funding permitting, we will be expanding into Georgia and Washington, D.C. for the 2014-2015 program year.

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 service, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A $17,500 living allowance
  • A $5,645 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 BENEFITS.

"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
  • Are seeking an opportunity to gain hands-in experience for their career
  • Are committed to working hard in order to make a difference

Additionally, in order to be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service (September 1, 2014)
  • 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 for the 2014 - 2015 service year is now closed.

You can read more about our application process here.

If you have any further questions about FoodCorps recruitment or the service member application process, please visit our FAQs page. If you have other questions not answered within our FAQs, please contact

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