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Lydia Yamaguchi, FoodCorps service member, listens to one of her student in garden. (Oakland, CA)

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What You’ll Do
Nutritious and delicious school lunch served at Mar Vista Elementary. (Oxnard, CA)

Make nourishing food a part of the curriculum

As a service member, you’ll implement FoodCorps’ evidence-based strategies to help schools serve the needs of kids through food education and nourishing meals. The majority of a service member’s time is spent teaching in the classroom and garden, and the amount of time you spend on each of the below activities will vary.

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Lead Hands-On Lessons

You’ll teach students to grow, cook, and taste new foods, not only changing their preferences but potentially changing their lives by making healthy, delicious food central to their daily experience. You’ll collaborate with teachers on integrating hands-on food lessons into the curriculum, and you may help organize field trips to local farms or visits from chefs. And you’ll help kids learn about foods that are important to different cultures and communities.

Influence Nourishing School Meals

You’ll cultivate a cafeteria experience that excites kids to try new foods and naturally steers them toward fresh fruits and veggies, empowering them to take control of their eating experience. You’ll get kids in the cafeteria to try samples during taste tests, and you may even work with food service directors, farmers, and school district leaders to get local foods onto the lunch line.

Build a Schoolwide Culture of Health

Together with the school community, you’ll work to ensure that the whole school environment—from hallways to classrooms to the cafeteria—celebrates nourishing food. You may plan family cooking nights and organize food fundraisers.

Clarissa Klostermann, FoodCorps service member, plants seedlings in a garden training at National Orientation. (Portland, OR)

Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, eleven-and-a-half month commitment. The 1,700 hours you’ll serve from August to July will mostly take place during school and business hours, but evenings and weekends are occasionally required. You’ll also get opportunities for in-person training and professional development (don’t worry, we’ll cover the costs).

Want to know what it’s like to serve in a particular community? Contact the corresponding regional program staff via the Connect section of the regional page.

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