FoodCorps offers you a unique and transformative service experience like no other; a supportive community and network that will continue to grow beyond your term of service; and the opportunity to improve the health of children in our country.
As an AmeriCorps service member with FoodCorps, you will be eligible to receive the following:
- A $17,500 living allowance: This taxable stipend is paid on a bi-weekly basis.
- A $5,730 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award: Upon successful completion of your 1,700 hour term of service, you will receive this monetary award which can be used to pay for education at qualified institutions of higher education, educational training, and to re-pay qualified student loans. To learn more, visit AmeriCorps’ Segal Education Award website.
- Student loan forbearance: While FoodCorps can verify your status as an AmeriCorps service member, student loan forbearance approval is dependent on your loan holder. To learn more,
- Health insurance: If you don’t have it already, FoodCorps will provide basic health, vision and dental coverage. In this transitional time for health care, some FoodCorps members may be required to purchase different insurance to avoid tax penalties. For more information regarding the new health care law and how it affects AmeriCorps service members, click here.
- Partial childcare reimbursements: You can receive child care subsidy benefits, which may provide partial or full child care cost reimbursements, if you meet eligibility requirements. For more information visit AmeriCorps’ State & National Child Care Benefits Program website.
You may also be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or Food Stamps, in your state of service based on your total income.
What I’ve realized is that 'FoodCorps service member' is just an abbreviation for project manager, volunteer coordinator, director of outreach and communications, graphic arts guru, special events planner and more. My service experience has paved the way for a path into the nonprofit sector, classroom or outdoor education, nutrition and public health, food service, and, of course, agriculture."
—Natasha Hegmann, alumnus, now the University of Montana Dining Garden Manager
FoodCorps also provides ongoing training and exciting professional development programming to support service members as they explore career paths and life beyond FoodCorps.
- Training: You will join your fellow service members at two national trainings during your year-long term: a national orientation at the start of service in August and a mid-year training, the costs of which will be covered by FoodCorps.
- National training: will cover many topics including food and nutrition education, school gardens, local food procurement, FoodCorps and AmeriCorps policies and cultural competency.
- State training: You will also attend trainings held by your host and service sites, the first of which is a local orientation that will introduce you to your site, your community, its culture and history, and what your day-to-day service will look like.
- Mentorship and Career Coaching: The FoodCorps Mentorship and Career Coaching Program advances your professional and personal development in the food systems field by offering the opportunity to connect with a career coach or local mentor. The program provides small group career coaching sessions with experienced and diverse leaders in food systems, and the opportunity to explore an informal relationship with a local mentor with the support and guidance of FoodCorps Fellows.
- Communities of Learning, Inquiry and Practice: Communities of Learning, Inquiry and Practice (CLIP) engage service members in conversations about a variety of topics related to service. These small group discussions will be guided by articles, essays, and films. Topics will be broad, examples include serving in a rural community, racial equity and working with bilingual students.
- Webinars: You will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of FoodCorps Webinars. These webinars are designed specifically for FoodCorps and feature service members, fellows and resource specialists. Previous topics include classroom management, event planning, seed saving with kids and developing curriculum with teachers.
- Other opportunities and resources: You will have access to a wealth of educational and professional development opportunities and tools through FoodCorps including online networks, tools and resources curated by FoodCorps and former service members.
- Alumni network: Not only will you connect with other members in your service class throughout the year, but following your term you will join a growing network of FoodCorps Alumni, talented and diverse leaders from across the country working as farmers and growers, teachers, chefs, nutritionists, public health advocates, non-profit managers, public servants, entrepreneurs...the list goes on. With a shared connection of FoodCorps service, you and your colleagues can stay connected, collaborate and share knowledge as you continue on in your incredible work.
With our trainings, our network, and the learning that takes place naturally over the course of service, FoodCorps can help advance your career! That's not just true for recent graduates. Service members of all ages and experiences can step forward in their careers with us. Here they are in their own words:
"I don’t think I would have been able to do this job if I hadn’t been with FoodCorps and La Semilla last year: I learned about this whole world of food access issues, I hadn’t realized there were upstream changes that could be made. I feel like I owe the last year to FoodCorps, for giving me clarity on what I was supposed to be doing. Now, I think I have finally found my path."
—Marlene Yanez, former Arizona service member