FoodCorps Friday- Apply Now to Serve With FoodCorps Georgia!
Applications to serve with FoodCorps are open until March 15th!
The selected community leaders will dedicate one year of full-time, paid public service in school food systems – teaching hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting food, collaborating with food service staff to steer students towards the healthiest options in the cafeteria, and working alongside school administrators and teachers to foster a schoolwide culture of health.
“What we feed our children in school––and what we teach them about food there––shapes their health and success over a lifetime. By joining FoodCorps, you will have a chance to do something incredibly important: connect children in your community to healthy food, and give them the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive,” said Curt Ellis, FoodCorps co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Our country is raising a generation of children that is overweight, vulnerable to diet-related disease, and ill-equipped to make good decisions about food. The effects of this crisis are devastating and lasting: children who lack a quality diet are more likely to suffer from a variety of health problems, which in turn contribute to social and productivity challenges throughout their lifetimes: they score lower on tests, miss more days of school, advance less in their careers, and raise children who repeat this cycle at elevated rates.
FoodCorps addresses the root cause—access and connection to healthy food—partnering with schools and communities to address these issues in the place where our country’s most vulnerable children eat the majority of their calories.
In its first six years, FoodCorps has brought important progress to the schools it serves, demonstrating measurable change to children’s eating habits and helping the schools it partners with become healthier environments. Hundreds of our AmeriCorps service members have introduced new healthy recipes into cafeterias, built and taught in hundreds of school gardens from New Mexico to Connecticut, and engaged thousands of volunteers and parents in their efforts. In addition, FoodCorps provides valuable skills and training to the service members who go through the program, setting them up for careers in school food, public health and education. Benefits of AmeriCorps service include an $18,250 stipend, health care, training, and a $5,815 education award.
This year FoodCorps Georgia seeks up to 9 change-makers, with a passion for serving their communities, a commitment to social justice and an interest in jumpstarting their careers.
In Georgia, our service sites for the upcoming term, beginning August 4th, include:
-Athens Land Trust- Athens, GA
-Carrollton City Schools, School Nutrition Department- Carrollton, GA
-International Rescue Committee- Clarkston, GA
-Jackson County Schools, School Nutrition Department- Jackson County, GA
-Wylde Center- Decatur, GA/Atlanta Public Schools
-Georgia Farmer’s Market Association- Walton County, GA
-Marietta City Schools, School Nutrition Department- Marietta, GA
(NOTE: These sites will not be listed on the online application. Please make note somewhere in your application which of the above sites you are interested in.)
Applications are due March 15th. Emerging leaders interested in getting more information should go to https://foodcorps.org/apply, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about serving in Georgia.