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FoodCorps is Growing

Stephaniemanykidsseedlings1.5 years ago, FoodCorps started small, knowing that the best way to be sustainable was to build something that could grow, smartly, over time. Here is some news about our recent growth and new opportunities.

New Service Members

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Working through the AmeriCorps network, FoodCorps places these leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public servicein schools around the country teaching kids about healthy food and where it comes from; growing and tending school gardens; and working with food service teams to get high quality local food onto cafeteria trays.

After starting in the fall of 2011 with a class of 50, 2 weeks ago we opened the application process for up to 130 service members to start this fall.  Each year we have been amazed at the caliber of people who apply to be a part of FoodCorps. They are smart, motivated, and above all committed to addressing the way we eat in this country, and the way we feed our children.

They come to us with a variety of experiences, from the classroom to the farm. They come to FoodCorps as community organizers, public health advocates, master gardeners, chefs, and doctors-in-training. During their year with FoodCorps they add new skills and titles like garden educator, taste-test leader, Farm to School mover and shaker, volunteer coordinator, tool-shlepper, cooking instructor….the list goes on.

Want to be a FoodCorps service member? Applications are being accepted through March 24th. Watch our video, then head to our website to learn more!*

Fellows, Edible Schoolyard Project

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This past fall we added a new layer to our program: FoodCorps Fellows. They have quickly become essential and none of us are sure how the program ran without them. Fellows are standout graduates of the FoodCorps program who are invited back for an additional year, providing support, guidance, and mentorship to the service teams in their states.

This coming summer, all 15 FoodCorps Fellows will receive world-class training at a special weeklong Edible Schoolyard Academy grounded in Edible Schoolyard Project’s 17 years of experience with food-based learning in schools, and featuring a range of visiting experts. They will then go on to train the service members in their states, sharing this integrated approach to education in the garden, kitchen, lunchroom, and classroom. We are excited to connect our programs, and to help our Fellows learn from experts.

New States

In addition, FoodCorps is excited to expand (pending funding) into three new states: Hawai’i, California and New Jersey. While service sites have not been finalized, the host sites for each state are CAFF/Life Lab (California); The Kohala Center (Hawai’i); Rutgers University Cooperative Extension (New Jersey). This would bring the total states that FoodCorps serves in to 15. We hope to keep growing every year!

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Jerusha Klemperer lives in New York City where she is a co-founder and the communications director at FoodCorps. She blogs for Huffington Post, WellandGoodNYC and her personal blog Eat Here 2. She also cooks up food and fun with Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant. Read more >

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  1. You might be interested in a group in Milan Ohio celebrating their 10th anniversary working with kids showing them how to grow their own food and eating it when ready to be harvested.
    VeggieU has been working with doctors, teachers, etc. developing this science curriculum kit for teachers of 4th graders.
  2. Joy Reese
    are you a 50l c3 ..are you in midwest states at all...calif and hawaii hardly need food help...thanx
  3. Greetings, I would like to bring FoodCorps to Columbus ohio either through George Washington Carver Food Research Institute ,Ohio State Extension Center, or E.L.Hardy Center. which serves over 3000 kid durning their summer feed program. Who and How would I make this happen?

    Thanks,
    Jerry Ra
    Offical Master garderner for Linden Community
  4. Nora Chamberlain
    My husband, David and I and our daughter, Meredith are so very proud of our son and brother, Daniel Chamberlain. He is a leader in the Food Corp in Boston, Mass. We were delighted to see him in the newsletter. Last year he completed a very successful year as a team member in City Year Boston. This year he has expanded his desire to change the world and is thoroughly enjoying his involvement in FoodCorps. We are not surprised that he has chosen to contribute to these groups prior to pursuing a college education. And we are not at all surprised that he has chosen community service as the path he is following. He is a shining star and we are so proud of him.

    Sincerely,
    Nora Chamberlain

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