General FoodCorps Questions
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What is a Host Site?
A FoodCorps Host Site is the partner organization within a given state responsible for overseeing the placement, training, and supervision of FoodCorps members stationed in that state. Host Sites coordinate the Service Sites where service members report for their day-to-day service. Host Sites report to the FoodCorps national office on the service taking place in their state.
What is a Service Site?
A Service Site is the location where a service member will report for day-to-day service. While a majority of Service Sites are non-profit organizations, they may also be schools, local health departments or farms. Service Sites and their staff are responsible for overseeing service members and report to the Host Site on the progress of service members and their projects.
How long is a term of service in FoodCorps?
FoodCorps requires service members to complete a minimum of 1,700 hours during the year-long term of service. You should be available for full-time service, during regular school and business hours, throughout your service year. Evening and weekend events are occasionally required.
The next term will officially begin September 1, 2016 and run through July 31, 2017. There is also a week-long required orientation August 6th-12th at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. FoodCorps covers expenses associated with travel, lodging, and food. If you cannot commit to attending the full term, including orientation, please consider applying to serve with us the following year.
What is an Education Award?
FoodCorps service members who successfully complete their service will receive a $5,775 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Your Education Award can be used to pay qualified student loans or can be invested in future education at a qualifying institution within seven years of service. To learn more, visit AmeriCorps’ Segal Education Award website.
What is student loan forbearance?
As an AmeriCorps member, you may be eligible to put your loans "on hold" while enrolled in service. If you qualify, you would not have to make payments during your service year, and any interest accrued during your service would be paid by AmeriCorps. To see if your loan(s) are eligible, you must contact your loan provider. Visit AmeriCorps’ student loan payment website to learn more.
Being a FoodCorps service member is a full-time commitment and needs to be your first priority. Service members are expected to be available during all regular school and business hours and will sometimes need to attend evening and weekend events. If you can schedule work or schooling commitments around your FoodCorps service -- and not the other way around -- you're welcome to pursue them.
Will I get housing as a FoodCorps service member?
No. Host and Service Sites will give you guidance on searching for an affordable place to live but finding and paying for housing is the service member’s responsibility.
What majors is FoodCorps looking for?
Our service members come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and the only formal educational requirement is high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. While most of our service members have earned a Bachelor’s degree, others are recent high school graduates, technical/community college students, career changers, and some have even earned a Master’s degree. Our service members have studied an array of fields, from Psychology, English, Latin American & International Studies to Environmental Studies, Culinary Arts, Dietetics, Biology and every major in between. Far more important to us than your academic background, is your knowledge of and passion for food systems, public health, gardening/agriculture, and education as well as your demonstrated leadership experience and your connection to a particular community.
Can I speak with a current or former service member to learn about their experiences?
Absolutely! If you are interested in connecting with a current or past service member, please feel free to reach out directly the fellow in the state(s) you are interested in. All of our fellows have one or two years of experience serving with FoodCorps and now help to support all of the service members in their respective states. They can provide a lot of useful insight into the service experience both from their personal experience and the experience of the service members they support.
Does FoodCorps have any internship or volunteer opportunities?
Please send your inquiries regarding internships to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be able to receive college credit to be considered for an internship.
Can I apply to FoodCorps if I already served in another AmeriCorps program?
I'm interested in applying to be a FoodCorps service member, but I don't have experience with school gardens or farm to school programs. Can I still apply?
Can I apply to FoodCorps with my partner, spouse, or friend?
Do the application questions have character limits?
Can I make changes to an application I already submitted?
How competitive is the application process?