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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Bridgeport Seeks New FoodCorps Members

Mar 03, 2018 01:27AM

FoodCorps AmeriCorps is now accepting service member applications through March 15 for the 2018-19 session. The organization recruits talented leaders for a year of full-time, paid public service, building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.

    You’ll teach students to grow, cook and taste new foods, building their skills and changing their food preferences. You’ll collaborate with teachers on integrating food into the curriculum and help organize field trips to local farms or visits from local chefs. A cafeteria experience will be cultivated to steer students toward the healthiest options and get them excited to try new foods. You’ll work with food service directors and farmers to get local foods onto the lunch line and get kids in the cafeteria to try samples during taste tests.

Together with the school community, you’ll work to ensure that the whole school environment—from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food. You’ll plan family cooking nights to engage parents and organize healthy fundraisers like school garden markets.

Depending on the school and community you serve, the amount of time you spend across these areas will vary. 

Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, 11-month commitment. The 1,700 hours you’ll serve between September and July will mostly take place during school and business hours, but evenings and weekends are occasionally required. 

For more information or to apply, visit FoodCorps.org/Apply.