portal for 2019-2020 FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members is now open through March 15, 2020. Members for the program year must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 1, 2019 and July 15, 2020.
FoodCorps offers service positions in 18 states and cities, including communities throughout AZ, AR, CA, CT, DC metro area, GA, HI, IA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MT, NJ, NM, NYC, NC, and OR. To see a list of our State Partners,
please visit FoodCorps
Service Sites .
In Michigan, we currently serve in the following communities: Battle Creek, Boyne Falls, Detroit, Ferndale, Flint, Muskegon, Pellston, Suttons Bay, and
Traverse City. For a description of these sites, visit: FoodCorps
Michigan Website . If applying for a Michigan placement, be sure to select the state as a preferred location on your application.
Who We Are
In order to successfully complete your term of service, you must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 1, 2019 and July 15, 2020.
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service.
Serving under the direction of local partner organizations, our service members focus on three areas of service:
learning: students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences
school meals: the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods
culture of health: as a whole, the school community and environment – from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds – celebrates healthy food. We measure our success in terms of changes in children,
schools, and systems.
What We’re Looking For
for building a healthier future for schoolchildren
to working hard in order to make a difference
to serve full-time in a limited resource community
in the face of challenges and creativity in finding solutions
for diversity of opinion, experience, and background
working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching settings
of the culture, history, and/or language of the communities we serve
to gain hands-on experience for your career
ability or dedication to performing the activities listed below
To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:
18 years or older by the start of your service term
a legal, permanent resident of the United States
a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
What You’ll Do
Service members work with schools, service site organizations and local communities to build healthy school food environments. They do this in a variety of ways:
Service members focus on teaching children in grades K-8 about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing and teaching lesson plans, integrating activities into subjects such as math, science and history, working
with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.
Service members grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members in school and community gardens, dynamic educational settings where kids can get their hands dirty and experience what they’re learning
first-hand. While some service members expand/maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses, and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit community volunteers to ensure that
the projects they start last into the future.
Service members impact what's for lunch by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias, promoting local foods through cafeteria taste tests, working with school food directors and staff to integrate healthier foods
into breakfast, lunch and snack programs, and more.
Service members help build schoolwide cultures of health by working closely with teachers and school administrators, recruiting and training volunteers, organizing committees and running meetings, talking to press and
Service members spend time learning and participating in trainings, raising money to help support the local projects, and helping FoodCorps and schools assess the impact they are having.
What You’ll Gain
living stipend paid out in biweekly increments over your 11-month term
AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of your term of service, which can be used for additional schooling or to pay off student loans
loan deferral or forbearance upon approval from your lender
insurance if you aren't already covered
you have children, you might be eligible for childcare reimbursements
training and professional development opportunities
experience of a lifetime!
For More Information
Contact FoodCorps Michigan Program Coordinator Ana Cristina Cujar - [log in to unmask]
Addell Austin Anderson | FoodCorps
Michigan Program Director