FoodCorps volunteers spend one year living and working full-time on school food systems in some of America’s most obese school districts. Volunteers build and tend school gardens, teach kids about food and nutrition, and help procure and promote local healthy foods for school lunchrooms. Volunteers are based out of host sites in one of ten states. FoodCorps volunteers gain valuable experience in growing food, building relationships, educating others about food, and becoming public health leaders. FoodCorps is a new program in 2011 and is affiliated with AmeriCorps.
The FoodCorps term of service lasts one year, starting and ending in mid-August to coincide with the school year. Applications are rather brief and are found on the FoodCorps Website. The application is due in early April, and will be followed by a phone interview. You should know your status by mid June. Your preferences for a service location are heeded, but you may be offered another location depending on availability.
Luther is affiliated with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative, which served as one of the five model programs for the FoodCorps. Luther graduates Flannery Cerbin (’09), Rachel Wobeter (’09), Stephanie Conant (’10), and Anna Wikan (’10) all are currently working for the initiative in varying capacities. Luther will serve as one of the host sites for two volunteers during the inaugural year.