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.
A Day in the Life
Here's a sample of a day in the life of a FoodCorps service member, written by Ahreaf Ware, who serves in Jackson, MS:
7:00: Wake up and pray. Try to be the best person that I can be for my students. Fix a healthy breakfast. No hypocrisy allowed!
7:45: Hop on my bike and head over to the Pecan Park Elementary School.
8:00: Sign-in at the main office. If it’s not too busy, say hello to the office staff, telling them the weather isn’t too cold to bike…if you’re from up north (they won’t believe you). Organize the materials for the day’s lessons.
8:30: Teach two kindergarten seasons lessons. We will talk about how the seasons are cyclical, so next time, I will be able to use the seasons cycle to teach a lesson on patterns.
9:30: Take a break. Check my emails and get ready for another double-header. I already know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry; this is my busiest teaching day.
10:00: Teach two 2nd grade compost lessons from Do the Rot Thing. We will talk about all of the materials that go to landfills and relate composting to recycling.
11:00: Go outside and work on the garden. I try to get out there when I think some of my kids will have recess. If they do, have a few of them come over. It’s like a free class with them and they like it SO MUCH.
12:30: Depending on how ambitious I am, I might take a working lunch and check a few more emails. If not, chill.
1:00: Go back inside and work on the follow up lesson plans.
2:30: Hop back on my wheels and head over to my service site, Cooperative Community of New West Jackson, to work on the Folk Garden’s new raised beds.
4:30 or 5:00: Take one last ride, this time to my apartment, passing by Roger or a few other kids from school playing outside…Or maybe I might just drop my stuff off and head to Fondren After 5, in Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood, for dinner, music and a little art.
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: