FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Serving alongside educators and community leaders, FoodCorps AmeriCorps members partner with schools to create a nourishing environment for all students by putting in place a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids: knowledge, engagement, and access. This year, 205 AmeriCorps members are serving with FoodCorps in more than 500 schools across 17 states and Washington, DC.
One in four U.S. children struggle with hunger, while one in three is obese or overweight. Yet the root cause is the same: lack of access to healthy food. Schools are poised to be the front lines in our nation’s response to childhood obesity: 32 million children eat school food – the source of half their calories – 180 days of the year. What we feed our children, and what we teach them about food in school shapes how they learn, how they grow and how long they will live.
Recognizing the power of collective action to ensure a bright future for national service, FoodCorps is a member of Voices for National Service. “We need to stand together to expand service opportunities in America,” says Curt Ellis, CEO and Co-Founder of FoodCorps. “Voices for National Service unites our movement in a single voice to achieve that goal and to enable organizations like FoodCorps to reach more students and communities.”