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Oakland Unified School District

Oakland Unified’s Health and Wellness Unit / Central Kitchen and Education Center houses FoodCorps programming, and its overall vision is to run programs that encourage environment, food and garden access and programming. OUSD has a long-standing commitment to farm to school programming and local procurement including CA Thursdays and Harvest of the Month at FoodCorps schools with ongoing expansion across the district. 2021 saw the launch of The Center, OUSD’s new central kitchen, instructional farm, and food education hub with the goal of further deepening students’ connection to place, food, and community. FoodCorps Service Members bring this work and vision into action with day to day lessons and service. For more information on our programming, please visit this website: https://sites.google.com/ousd.org/thecenteredprogramming

10 FoodCorps Service Members in Oakland are placed at one to two elementary schools or at a district position based at The Center. Service Members lead hands-on nutrition and garden education, support taste tests and Harvest of the Month programming, are fully embedded into district Environment, Food & Garden initiatives, and receive ongoing professional development and support throughout the year through cohort-wide meetings and connection with district staff.

Service in California connects you to a legacy and future of innovative Farm to School programming, vibrant school communities, and equitable access to nourishing school meals. FoodCorps California Service Members are part of a 34-person cohort serving in communities across the state. California service members are important members of the school and district community, lead nutrition and garden lessons, promote social and emotional wellness, and support initiatives such as School Meals For All, California Thursdays/California Food for California Kids, and Harvest of the Month programs by running taste tests, supporting meal programs, and making mealtime an educational and socially fulfilling time.

Preferred Knowledge

First hand knowledge of at least 2 of the following content areas:

  • Gardening/food production/agriculture,
  • Teaching of students in tk-5,
  • Cooking and school meal programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Committed to racial equity and anti-racist practices
  • Strong collaborators
  • Skilled communicators
  • Problem solvers
  • Comfortable in a community of continuous learning
  • Be flexible, creative and independent

Additionally knowledge of a second language particularly Spanish can increase the service members instructional efficacy as well as their ability to work with the broader school communities in which they will serve.

Oakland Unified’s Health and Wellness Unit / Central Kitchen and Education Center houses FoodCorps programming, and its overall vision is to run programs that encourage environment, food and garden access and programming. OUSD has a long-standing commitment to farm to school programming and local procurement including CA Thursdays and Harvest of the Month at FoodCorps schools with ongoing expansion across the district. 2021 saw the launch of The Center, OUSD’s new central kitchen, instructional farm, and food education hub with the goal of further deepening students’ connection to place, food, and community. FoodCorps Service Members bring this work and vision into action with day to day lessons and service. For more information on our programming, please visit this website: https://sites.google.com/ousd.org/thecenteredprogramming

10 FoodCorps Service Members in Oakland are placed at one to two elementary schools or at a district position based at The Center. Service Members lead hands-on nutrition and garden education, support taste tests and Harvest of the Month programming, are fully embedded into district Environment, Food & Garden initiatives, and receive ongoing professional development and support throughout the year through cohort-wide meetings and connection with district staff.

Service in California connects you to a legacy and future of innovative Farm to School programming, vibrant school communities, and equitable access to nourishing school meals. FoodCorps California Service Members are part of a 34-person cohort serving in communities across the state. California service members are important members of the school and district community, lead nutrition and garden lessons, promote social and emotional wellness, and support initiatives such as School Meals For All, California Thursdays/California Food for California Kids, and Harvest of the Month programs by running taste tests, supporting meal programs, and making mealtime an educational and socially fulfilling time.

Preferred Knowledge

First hand knowledge of at least 2 of the following content areas:

  • Gardening/food production/agriculture,
  • Teaching of students in tk-5,
  • Cooking and school meal programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Committed to racial equity and anti-racist practices
  • Strong collaborators
  • Skilled communicators
  • Problem solvers
  • Comfortable in a community of continuous learning
  • Be flexible, creative and independent

Additionally knowledge of a second language particularly Spanish can increase the service members instructional efficacy as well as their ability to work with the broader school communities in which they will serve.