FoodCorps is working to improve our food system, one school at a time.
FoodCorps is a 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 has launched a national AmeriCorps program that recruits young leaders for a year of service in high-obesity, limited-resource communities. These emerging leaders commit to a year-long term of public service aimed at improving food education and access in high-obesity, limited-resource schools across the country. 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. FoodCorps contributes to systemic change through its members, approximately 60% of whom return to FoodCorps after their service year or remain in education, public health, and/or service.
About Our Grants
In 2015, the Woodcock Foundation provided the second installment on a three-year, $300,000 grant to FoodCorps. This general operating grant supports FoodCorps’ direct engagement in local communities via schools that enables it to connect American youth to a lifelong relationship with healthy food. Now in its fifth class of service members, FoodCorps is also developing alumni engagement strategies to build a pipeline of upcoming food systems leaders.