The Role of the Service Site
Service sites are the local organizations to which FoodCorps service members report each day. Service sites may be public schools or school districts, community-based agencies, or local nonprofit organizations that have designated 501(c)(3) status. Service sites are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with 1-3 schools in their community––the places where FoodCorps service members focus their service activities.
The primary role of the service site is help build healthy school environments by supervising and guiding service members in conducting activities with school communities that range from gardening and cooking lessons, local food procurement, to cafeteria taste tests. The service site will assist their service member and school community in completing the FoodCorps Healthy School Toolkit, which tracks a school’s progress toward goals related to improving the school food environment.
The FoodCorps host site organization is responsible for selecting service sites in their state. Host sites will select service sites based on their ability to meet eligibility requirements that include, but are not limited to:
- Ensuring that each service member serves in 1–3 high-need schools at depth.
- Demonstrating their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of program management for FoodCorps.
- Paying a $6,250 program service fee per service member to FoodCorps (2016-2017 school year fee)
- Appointing one staff member to act as the service site supervisor to guide the implementation of the service member’s activities on the ground by scheduling weekly check-in meetings with the service member, approving weekly timesheets, and completing FoodCorps evaluation and reporting requirements.
- Ensuring service members are not engaged in any of AmeriCorps’ Prohibited Activities.
The full list of the the 2016-2017 Service Site Requirements can be found here.
If your organization is interested in becoming a FoodCorps service site, please contact the the host site supervisor or state fellow in the appropriate state. Look for their contact information on the state pages in the Where We Work section.
The Role of the Host Site
While FoodCorps is national in scope, the day-to-day work of service members is supervised by state-level Host Sites, and their network of community and school partners. Host Sites are high-capacity organizations that are leaders in the fields of food, farming and service in their states.
FoodCorps selects one Host Site per state, and works with that Host Site to develop a network of community-level Service Site partners, where service members are placed to teach kids about food and nutrition, build and tend school gardens, and help source local food for school cafeterias.
FoodCorps currently operates in 17 states, with 7-15 service members placed under the direction of each Host Site and their partners.
Interested in being a FoodCorps host site in a new state? Join our mailing list to receive the most up to date information about FoodCorps' expansion plans, or reach out to National Program Director Jim Laden.
Successful Host Sites will:
- Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, public agency or university with a statewide focus
- Have experience with youth, farm to school, school gardens, nutrition education, and/or public service
- Have a reputation for teamwork, a broad set of partners, and a desire to collaborate
- Have experience managing federal funds and supervising the work of a young team
- Have partners with shovel-ready projects for FoodCorps service members to accomplish
- Mentor service members through 1,700 hours of meaningful direct service in high-need communities
- Follow FoodCorps and AmeriCorps policies and requests
- Provide a non-federal program service fee of $5,000 per service member (program service fee can be paid by Service Sites)
- Designate a Site Supervisor from your staff and contribute their services in-kind
- Oversee the day-to-day work of a FoodCorps fellow
- Provide or have Service Sites provide office space, equipment, and transportation or reimbursement for transportation necessary for FoodCorps service members
- Participate in Host Site trainings, events and calls throughout the year
- Ensure accurate records are kept for FoodCorps service members and report all problems
- Not use FoodCorps service members to displace current or recent employees or volunteers
- Not discriminate based on any protected class