FoodCorps is working to improve our food system, one school at a time.
FoodCorps is a new nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower a new generation of leaders to help end childhood obesity by connecting vulnerable kids to healthy food. To pursue this work, FoodCorps is launching a national AmeriCorps program that will recruit young leaders for a year of service in high-obesity, limited-resource communities. The organization will apply a public service model proven effective by City Year, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America to the pressing problems of healthy-food access, childhood obesity and diet-related disease. In mid-2012, FoodCorps’ second cohort, comprised of 80 service members and 12 FoodCorps Fellows, newly created statewide staff positions meant to support the service members, began their term of service. These young leaders commit to a year-long term of public service aimed at improving food education and access in high-obesity, limited-resource schools in 12 states. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, service members build and tend school gardens, expand farm-to-cafeteria sourcing of healthy food, and conduct nutrition education in communities of need.
About Our Grants
The Foundation’s 2012 grant is the second installment of a three-year, $300,000 investment in FoodCorps, a national organization that’s transforming school food through the hands and minds of emerging leaders. Woodcock funds will support FoodCorps as it recruits its third cohort of service members and expands to three new states.