In its first year, the national volunteer initiative, FoodCorps, sent over 50 volunteer service members to sites across 10 states. With a mission to give all youth an enduring relationship with healthy food, young volunteers across the nation set out to:
- Teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from
- Build and tend school gardens
- Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias
FoodCorps is a part of the AmeriCorps network, a national volunteer service organization that puts over 70,000 service members to work across the nation each year. AmeriCorp service members can get involved in a broad range of community-based initiatives from trail maintenance to after school tutoring on secluded mountainsides or in crowded urban neighborhoods, earning a basic living stipend and health insurance throughout their time of service. For each year of full-time service, AmeriCorps members receive an Education Award to be used toward student loans or paying for further education.
(photo courtesy of FoodCorps)
Last year, for the first time, the FoodCorps program joined the AmeriCorps network to recruit and train volunteers passionate about teaching kids to value real food develop healthy habits, sending individuals and teams to start up or enhance nutrition and garden-based initiatives in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon—not Texas yet, but we’re hoping! Click here to visit the FoodCorps website to learn more about this exciting new program.