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Job Opening: A Healthy Expansion for FoodCorps


When the nonprofit organization FoodCorps launched about a year and a half ago, 50 service members were placed in underserved communities in 10 states to teach children about healthy food.

FoodCorps has seen impressive growth ever since. The AmeriCorps-affiliated program is now preparing to serve communities in 15 states — and is seeking recruits for 130 year-long service positions that begin this fall.

FoodCorps service members build and tend school gardens, help bring nutritious local food into school cafeterias and teach kids about the importance of healthy food. Recruits serve communities that have limited resources and high rates of obesity, partnering with local community organizations that are helping do the work on the ground.

For their year of service, FoodCorps members receive benefits including a $15,000 living allowance, $5,550 to pay tuition or student loans, health insurance and training and mentorship. Aside from being at least 18 years old at the start of service, a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent U.S. resident and a high school graduate, there aren’t any specific qualifications. 

However, FoodCorps says on its website successful service members are “passionate about building a healthier future for school children” and “are committed to working hard in order to make a difference.” Many also have experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing or public service.

Applications are being accepted through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 24. FoodCorps is scheduled to host informational conference calls at 5 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 13 and March 12 to help walk potential recruits through the application process. Call 218-936-4700 and use the access code 7904113# to take part.