The following resources are used by FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members across the nation while they lead hands-on food education in schools. We are excited to share these resources and tools to support schools, families, and community partners who join us in promoting healthy school food environments. These resources have been developed by FoodCorps and are made available to the public for free, but are not for commercial use. Credit should be given to FoodCorps if any material is used or adapted. If you’re a FoodCorps service member or FoodCorps site partner, you can log into the Toolshed to access more FoodCorps-specific resources.
FoodCorps’ Healthy School Toolkit is a set of resources designed to:
Take a snapshot of your current school food environment.
Guide your school community in creating a vision for the future.
Document your action plan for working toward that vision.
Evaluate and celebrate your school community’s history and progress over time.
Note that this toolkit was originally designed for FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members working in partnership with schools. It has been adapted for a broader audience.
FOODCORPS TASTE TEST GUIDE
The FoodCorps Taste Test Guide supports FoodCorps service members in leading taste tests in schools. It includes key considerations when planning and leading a taste test, such as utilizing volunteers and connecting with school nutrition staff. Topics also include tips for choosing recipes, methods to engage students in taste test voting, and utilizing taste test results.
The Guide features 27 recipes that highlight 8 products: carrots, corn, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, apples, and sweet peppers. These recipes have been developed to feature fruits and vegetables available in multiple regions, in various seasons, that could be grown in a school garden or are fairly affordable if purchased by local farmers. The recipes section of the Guide includes “Educator,” “Cafeteria,” and “Home” handouts that feature fun facts, nutritional benefits, and produce variety information.
FOODCORPS RECIPE BOOK
The FoodCorps Recipe Book is a compilation of 55 recipes that can be used for school-wide taste tastes, or during hands-on learning in the classroom or garden. The resource includes an overview of the basics of cooking with kids, cooking safety, and an overview of learning models that inform FoodCorps’ approach to hands-on learning. Recipes were developed to feature seasonal products available across the country during the school year (fall to spring), national growing and harvest timing for produce featured in each recipe, what would be available to purchase from local farmers and/or grown in school gardens, produce commonly featured in school food, and produce that is affordable and accessible for families and service members, if purchased.
Sprout Scouts is a club for elementary-aged students that helps kids learn what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. Through fun, hands-on activities, Sprout Scouts clubs teach kids how to grow, prepare, and eat healthy food. Sprout Scouts Adventures and activities link Common Core and other academic standards to food and health in fun and engaging ways. Because of this, Sprout Scouts clubs are perfect for after-school programs, summer camps, or even as a classroom unit. Sprout Scouts was developed in collaboration with Life Lab.
Resources From Our Partners
EDUCATION OUTSIDE RESOURCES
Education Outside was a nonprofit committed to advancing science education in public schools, outdoors. Though Education Outside closed its doors in 2019, garden-based programming continues in many of these schools through other organizations, including FoodCorps. These resources represent best practices and lessons learned by Education Outside over eight years of training and deploying garden educators in public schools. Please note that these resources are made available to the public for free, but are not for commercial use. Credit should be given to Education Outside if any material is used or adapted. These resources were not developed by FoodCorps and reflect Education Outside programming, not FoodCorps programming.