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A Measurable Difference

FoodCorps’ service is directly improving the health and lives of students across the country and working to affect systems change at every level, from local districts to federal policy.

Our Impact

FoodCorps’ work is making a difference in kids’ relationships with food. Learn more about our corps, who we reach, and the impact we make every day.

Who we serve

2021-2022 school year

%

of students, on average, receive free or reduced-price lunch, relative to 77% nationwide

%

of students identify as BIMPOC, relative to 51% nationwide
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254

schools served

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106,186

students reached through direct service

Impact
FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member Dainese Pridgeon adds a scoop of veggies to a student’s plate. (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Reaching Students, Feeding Communities

Strong relationships are a cornerstone of FoodCorps service. Five years of FoodCorps support in Iowa helped service member Dainese Pridgeon step into her role in 2018. So when schools closed in March 2020, she had the trust that was needed to immediately begin helping cafeteria staff cook and bag meals for Cedar Rapids families five days a week. Dainese credits those who came before her: “It makes me so grateful to the first FoodCorps members, who let me do what I was doing.”

Our service members

2021-2022 school year

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of service members identify as BIMPOC*

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of service members are serving in their local communities

*We are working to ensure that service members reflect the communities they serve. See our EDI report for how we are working toward this goal.

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73%

of service member alumni continue to make an impact through careers in policy, education, and public health

Impact on schools, students, and the school food system

Of the 254 schools we serve in 2021-2022:

15,000

lessons taught

&

6,000

food tastings led by service members so far

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%

of schools have received taste tests of new menu items in the cafeteria

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of schools have received support for over 350 school gardens

Impact

Collaborating for Policy Change

When FoodCorps arrived in Connecticut in 2012, conversations with other organizations sparked an interest in getting farm to school — or healthy, local foods served directly to students — off the ground. A few years later, through partnerships with state agencies, anti-hunger groups, and food systems organizations, the Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative was born. Members met with legislative champions and shared stories about the impact of farm to school, eventually testifying before the Education Committee. In 2021, their work paid off. The CT Grown for CT Kids program launched with $500,000 of federal funding, helping to ensure Connecticut kids eat more fresh, local foods.

Impactful stories

AAMA Conference Recap: Celebrating Black Leaders in Food Justice

AAMA Conference Recap: Celebrating Black Leaders in Food Justice

FoodCorps partnered with Black mayors around the country for justice and joy.

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White House Announces $1.7 Billion in New Commitments to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities

White House Announces $1.7 Billion in New Commitments to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities

The administration celebrated one year of its ambitious campaign promoting food, nutrition, and health.

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Celebrating Black Food Stories at “The Joy and Power of Food: A Salon”

Celebrating Black Food Stories at “The Joy and Power of Food: A Salon”

Our all-star panelists discussed the joy and power of food through the Black experience.

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Cultivating Change and Connection: Reflecting on the FOLCS Kindred Gathering

Cultivating Change and Connection: Reflecting on the FOLCS Kindred Gathering

“There are folks who think and dream like me in school nutrition.”

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FoodCorps Director Morgan McGhee Announced as Part of Inaugural Obama Foundation United States Leaders

FoodCorps Director Morgan McGhee Announced as Part of Inaugural Obama Foundation United States Leaders

Morgan was selected for her desire to change perceptions of school food by collaborating with values-aligned partners.

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How FoodCorps Members Support Kids’ Mental Health

How FoodCorps Members Support Kids’ Mental Health

From mindfulness in the garden to plant part yoga.

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