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What You'll Do

While FoodCorps service plans vary from site to site, community to community, and school to school, all service members will focus their energy on programs and activities that support FoodCorps’ three pillars of service: knowledge, engagement and access.

 

 

Knowledge: Service members teach children about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing and teaching lesson plans to grades ranging from kindergarten through high school, integrating activities into subjects such as math, science and history, working with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.

 

 

 

Engagement: Service members grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members in school and community gardens, dynamic educational settings where kids can get their hands dirty and experience what they’re learning first-hand. While some service members expand/maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit community volunteers to ensure that the projects they start last into the future.

 

 

Access: Service members change what's for lunch by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias, promoting local foods through cafeteria taste tests, working with school food directors and staff to integrate healthier foods into breakfast, lunch and snack programs, and more.

 

 

Depending on where you serve, the amount of time you spend on each of these three types of service will vary. Through the application, interview, and selection process, we'll do our best to match selected service members with positions that align with their experiences and interests.

 

Service members will also participate in National Days of Service, track their impact via service reporting and program evaluation requirements, and of course, have fun!

 

A Day in the Life

Here's a sample of a day in the life of a FoodCorps service member, written by Simon Mendes, who serves in Molokai, Hawai'i:

 

TUESDAY:

7:30: Wake up, if I was smart the day before I’d have fresh kale harvested from one of our school gardens to add to my morning green smoothie (I can thank FoodCorps for this positive influence). I’ll also generally have plenty of bananas picked from my site supervisor’s permaculture farm.

8:30:
Report to the office and get settled for the day, print out necessary lesson plans and classroom materials.

9:00:
Report to Sustainable Molokai permaculture site. Check on irrigation and water all the plants. Harvest all produce available and hand out any extra produce to middle school teachers/maintenance staff.

10:00:
Head to the middle school greenhouse and check in on the plants. Ask any teachers for willing student volunteers to help transplant from greenhouse to garden beds. Plant new seeds in any open trays.

11:00:
Teach 8th grade math/garden lesson. Today we’ll chart and graph the growth of our seedlings in the greenhouse.

12:00:
Break for lunch

12:30:
Drive up to Maunaloa Elementary school

1:00:
Teach 2nd grade class. We built a tea themed garden and today we plant and learn about lemongrass and mint.

2:00:
Head back to Sustainable Molokai office

2:30:
Plan for Wednesday’s lesson and send any necessary emails and follow-ups to teachers, volunteers, local farmers, etc.

3:30:
Head back down to the permaculture site and help my service site supervisor flip the compost pile

4:00:
Head on home, and maybe catch the sun setting over the Pacific.

    For other examples of how FoodCorps service members spend their time, you can read more Day in the Life pieces from previous years, by former service members on the below blogs:

    The Lunch Tray blog

    Cooking Light blog

    Civil Eats

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