Nutrition Business Journal: Interview with Executive Director Curt Ellis

Curt Ellis is a co-founder and the executive director of FoodCorps, a national nonprofit connecting children to healthy food. FoodCorps’ first cohort of service members landed in 41 sites across 10 states in August 2011, and collectively they have reached more than 25,000 children through 137 garden projects and more than 4,200 pounds of donated produce. Ellis is one of the filmmakers behind King Corn. He is also a recipient of the Heinz Award, and a board member at Slow Food USA.

NBJ: Tell us about the model for FoodCorps.

 

Curt Ellis: We run a program similar to Teach for America that recruits young leaders for a year of public service. Our service members teach kids what healthy food is, give them hands-on opportunities to grow fresh food themselves in school gardens, and work with farmers and chefs to bring healthy, high-quality food into school cafeterias.

 

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