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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.

Our Work

Through three key strategies—direct service, broad reach, and policy and advocacy—we affect change in the following areas.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Learn how the pillars of our work fit together.

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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)

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What We Do
Student at Mar Vista Elementary happily discovers a carrot that grew in her school’s garden. (Oxnard, CA)

Stories About What We Do

Sharing Indigenous Cooking Traditions in New Mexico

Sharing Indigenous Cooking Traditions in New Mexico

Through Magia de Maíz, FoodCorps service member Luis Ramos and local chef Mateo Herrera teach students about Indigenous food traditions.

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Racism in School Food — And What We Can Do About It

Racism in School Food — And What We Can Do About It

Here’s how systemic racism and classism have shaped school food — and how activists are rising up for a new school food system.

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School Nutrition Directors Feed Communities Through the Pandemic

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 … Continued

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More Fruits and Veggies, Please! Recipes for Cooking with Kids

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.

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National School Lunch Week: Inside School Lunch Across the Country

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.

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