You are here: Home Become a Service Member What You'll Do

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.


Three Pillars - Carrot for Knowledge
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.



Three Pillars - Shovel for EngagementEngagement: 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.


Three Pillars - Fork for Access
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 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:


where you'll serve >>

Document Actions