Supermarket Guru: The Latest Battle Against Unhealthy Eating

The latest in the battle against obesity is what some are calling food’s foot soldiers, the FoodCorps, a national service program that aims to improve nutrition education for underprivileged children, develop school gardening projects, and improve what’s being served in school lunches. At the core of the program are the service members, most of them in their 20s, who spend a year living in limited-resource communities where there is limited access to healthy food or high rates of childhood obesity.

Over 1,230 people applied for 50 service member positions, and many of the service members have firsthand experience with the communities they’re serving. This is great because they understand the challenges from the inside. They have gone to work in 10 states at 41 sites, from Maine to Oregon to Mississippi.

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