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posted Feb 29, 2012, 5:53 PM by Brett Ramey   [ updated Jun 5, 2012, 11:43 AM ]

FOODCORPS RECRUITMENT BEGINSFoodCorps Opens Applications for its Next Class of School Food Changemakers- Native Community Members Encouraged to Apply

White Cloud, KS- February 29, 2012 FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, is accepting applications for its second annual class of service members. The selected emerging leaders will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems – expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias.

Since August 15, 2011 FoodCorps has reached over 30,000 youth at 41 sites across 10 states- including Native communities in Arizona and New Mexico.  Their Arizona sites work with Native youth and reservation-based schools in Tuba City (Navajo), Cibecue (White Mountain Apache), and Sells (Tohono O'odham).  David Pecusa, currently working through FoodCorps at the Eagles Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, had this to say, "After coming back to the reservation and wanting to continue and propagate my interest in horticulture and "good" food, FoodCorps has helped me do that.  FoodCorps has also given me the opportunity to build skills that will help me in my future career goals.  I am thankful that FoodCorps is working with our Native communites to give other Native folks an opportunity to serve our people.”

FoodCorps seeks up to 100 men and women with a passion for serving their country as AmeriCorps service members by building healthy communities in 12 states and 4 Tribal Nations around the country.  More information can be found here on the FoodCorps website.  Applications are due March 25th.

FoodCorps is a national service organization that seeks to address childhood obesity by increasing vulnerable children’s knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food. Service members build and tend school gardens, conduct nutrition education, and facilitate Farm to School programming that brings healthy, affordable local food into public schools. The program also trains a cadre of leaders for careers in food and agriculture.


CONTACT: Jerusha Klemperer, Communications Director 212-596-7045 x105