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

APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2023-2024 SERVICE TERM!

Apply by Jan. 16 to receive a decision by March 6.

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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. There are two tracks for service members to serve in: 

Food Education service members, who work alongside educators to provide kids with food education and culturally affirming experiences with food in the classroom and gardens.

School Nutrition service members, who work with schools, service site organizations, and local communities to promote nourishing school food environments.

Download both position descriptions >

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.

From the Skillet

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In Michigan, service members, local farmers, legislators and a school chef are teaming up to get kids excited about healthy, local foods.

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Report: How Schools Have Worked Together to Feed Kids During COVID-19

Report: How Schools Have Worked Together to Feed Kids During COVID-19

We wanted to learn how school communities are keeping kids fed during these challenging times. Here are the mid-year findings.

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How Camden City School District is Persevering Through the Pandemic to Provide Nutrition Education to Students

How Camden City School District is Persevering Through the Pandemic to Provide Nutrition Education to Students

Students at Camden City School District in Camden, N.J. continue to learn about healthy eating at home, despite the pandemic.

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How FoodCorps Helps Kids Across the Nation Develop Healthy Eating Habits

How FoodCorps Helps Kids Across the Nation Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Erica Curry, Director of Education at FoodCorps, talks with The Beet about how to encourage healthy eating at home while schools are shut down.

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How FoodCorps Engages With Native and Indigenous Communities

How FoodCorps Engages With Native and Indigenous Communities

Zeke Smith, FoodCorps’ Vice President of Programs, shares how we partner with Native and Indigenous communities and how we came to these practices.

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