by Hana Nobel
FoodCorps, a national service organization in its pilot year, has placed 50 service members across the country for one year of public service. The members work with partner organizations in the communities they serve and work toward building and tending school gardens, implementing nutrition education, and creating change in school cafeterias by bringing in local food. FoodCorps is youth focused and works to inform, educate and engage children in the food system. FoodCorps is a partner of Americorps.
Part of the vision of FoodCorps is envisioning “a nation of well-nourished children: children who know what healthy food is, how it grows and where it comes from, and who have access to it every day. These children, having grown up in a healthy food environment, will learn better, live longer, and liberate their generation from diet-related disease.”
One of this year’s service members is Corbin Lichtinger. Corbin is originally from Ohio, but his year of service is based in Lewiston, Maine. Corbin teaches 3 cooking classes in Lewiston. Each Tuesday “Hot Tamales” consists of 8 kids ages 6-12 learning a lesson and creating a meal out of it. On Wednesdays “Groundbreakers” takes place at a downtown school with year long garden based and nutrition education. On Thursdays, “Kid’s Cooking Club” occurs at the library and 8-12 kids make a meal together. Corbin talked to ChopChop about FoodCorps, the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables, and even shared a recipe for beet brownies (that’s right, beets!)
To read the interview with Corbin, click here.