We are looking for one more Service Member to serve with the Detroit Public Schools Community District for the upcoming program year. Candidates must, at a minimum,
serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 1, 2019 and July 15, 2020.
Who We Are
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:
· Hands-on learning:
students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences
· Healthy school meals:
the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods
· Schoolwide 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
• Passion for building a healthier
future for schoolchildren
• Commitment to working hard in order
to make a difference
• Demonstrated leadership ability
• Motivation to serve full-time in
a limited resource community
• Perseverance in the face of challenges
and creativity in finding solutions
• Respect for diversity of opinion,
experience, and background
• Experience working in or studying
food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
• Experience working or volunteering
in education, youth development, or other teaching settings
• Knowledge of the culture, history,
and/or language of the communities we serve
• Desire to gain hands-on experience
for your career
• Demonstrated ability or dedication
to performing the activities listed below
To be considered for a FoodCorps service
member position, you must:
• Be 18 years or older by the start
of your service term
• Be a legal, permanent resident of
the United States
• Hold a high school diploma, GED or
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 public officials.
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
· $18,250 living stipend paid out in biweekly increments
over your 11-month term
· $6,095 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
· Student loan deferral or forbearance upon approval from
· Health insurance if you aren't already covered
· If you have children, you might be eligible for childcare
· Numerous training and professional development opportunities
· The experience of a lifetime!
For More Information
Addell Austin Anderson | FoodCorps
Michigan Program Director