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What We Do
Our goal: by 2030, every child has access to food education and nourishing food in school.
Students participate in a garden lesson. (Portland, OR)
FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish kids’ health, education, and sense of belonging. Our AmeriCorps members serve alongside educators and school nutrition leaders to provide kids with nourishing meals, food education, and culturally affirming experiences with food that celebrate and nurture the whole child. Building on our service program, FoodCorps develops leaders, grows networks, and advocates for policy change in service of every kid’s health and wellbeing.
Through three key strategies—direct service, broad reach, and policy and advocacy—we affect change in the following areas.
- 1 Hands-on food education
- 2 Nourishing school meals
- 3 Advancing equity through food
- 4 Explore our work
Hands-on food education
We partner directly with schools to teach kids about growing, cooking, and eating nourishing food, and advocate for broad investment in food education.Learn more
Nourishing school meals
We work with school nutrition professionals to get a variety of fresh, local, and culturally relevant foods on the school lunch tray.Learn more
Advancing equity through food
We use food to celebrate kids’ unique cultures and identities, and strive to correct historical inequities in the school food system.Learn more
Explore our work
Learn how the pillars of our work fit together.Learn more
Why food in school
Food is central to kids’ physical health, emotional wellbeing, and sense of belonging. And schools are the opportune places for kids to connect to food through hands-on, experiential learning. We partner with schools and communities that have been most impacted by systemic racism and classism, serving urban, rural, and Indigenous communities where our collaboration can make a lasting difference.
Seeing things actually start from a seed or a starter and just the miracle that happens when life grows through the dirt, I think that encourages them to want to try foods.
—Pamela Lee, Director of Nutrition Services, Ocean View School District (Oxnard, CA)Our Policy Vision
Stories About What We Do
School Nutrition Directors Feed Communities Through the Pandemic
By Madison Morse for FoodTank School nutrition directors across the United States are finding new solutions to ensure students receive uninterrupted meal service. Thirty million children in the U.S. rely on school for at least one of their daily meals and as a result of the pandemic, this figure is growing, according to a report from … ContinuedRead more
More Fruits and Veggies, Please! Recipes for Cooking with Kids
As part of our partnership with sweetgreen, we’ve developed several healthy recipes with sweetgreen’s culinary team for cooking with kids.Read more
National School Lunch Week: Inside School Lunch Across the Country
This National School Lunch Week, we look at how COVID-19 has reimagined school lunch service in three different communities.Read more