FoodCorps & AmeriCorps
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps does this by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, FoodCorps implements a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids.
- Teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from
- Build and tend school gardens
- Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias
FoodCorps works with state level host sites within each of the 12 states it currently serves that partner with local level service sites. In New Mexico, FoodCorps co-host sites are Farm to Table and the University of New Mexico’s Community Engagement Center.
FoodCorps New Mexico Service Sites current sites include La Plazita Institute and Kirtland Elementary , Albuquerque, Connections Inc., Gallup, La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, and The New Mexico Acequia Association, Santa Fe. Read National Blast, July 31, 2013 which quotes our very own returning FoodCorps member Liz Achini (Anthony, NM)
The FoodCorps team first came together in California on Earth Day 2009, the day President Obama signed the Kennedy Serve America Act into law. This legislation signaled a new opportunity to engage AmeriCorps in building a more sustainable, healthful, equitable food system.
FoodCorps fellows support, guide, and mentor the service members in their state. Fellows are FoodCorps and AmeriCorps alumni, and are well equipped to provide essential guidance and support to the service members and the communities in which they live. Read Growing Service: Using Food to Educate & Inspire, by Amelia Pedini reflecting on her year of service as a FoodCorps Fellow in New Mexico, 2012-13.
FoodCorps is part of the AmeriCorps Service Network. All FoodCorps service members are considered AmeriCorps service members and receive the benefits accorded with that program, including a monetary education award upon successful completion of the service term.