FoodCorps is sending passionate, dedicated service members to American communities hoping to revolutionize the way we eat.
Many of us have heard the statistics – about one-third of American adults and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years are obese. One in seven low-income, preschool-aged children are also considered as such.
These numbers can be overwhelming, and when faced with a stagnating economy, high unemployment and a deeply divided Congress, it’s hard to see a solution.
But in 2009, when President Obama signed the Kennedy Serve America Act into law, expanding the AmeriCorps program, one group of people saw the opportunity for change.
Six diverse individuals worked together to create FoodCorps – a nationwide effort to helps kids engage in their food systems, both at school and at home.
Debra Eschmeyer, who previously worked for the National Farm to School Network and the Food and Community Fellowship program, was one of those individuals.
“It’s been designed from the grassroots. Like any good garden, our roots run deep and broad.”