Nonprofit Quarterly: Young Leaders Waging a Battle Against Obesity

by Nancy Knoche

From Arizona to Oregon, Maine to Mississippi, a new kind of solider is on the streets. Backed by $2 million in private funding, motivated young leaders are waging a battle against obesity and food ignorance in communities nationwide. Concurrently, big food corporations and farmers have just launched a $30 million campaign to show “their commitment to providing healthy choices.”

The 50 FoodCorps members, most in their 20s, are working at 41 sites in 10 states with high rates of childhood obesity or limited access to healthful food. Curt Ellis, co-creator of the documentary film “King Corn,” is leading the effort, which is part of the federal AmeriCorps program. It has been funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation and individual donors.


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