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FoodCorps Service Member

Job Description:

Who We Are  FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to 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. 
The service duration is August 8, 2022 – July 7, 2023.  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 or cafeteria by delivering engaging, hands-on lessons, 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 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 help build schoolwide cultures of health by building strong, collaborative  relationships with teachers, families, 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 training, helping FoodCorps and  schools assess the impact they are having, and raising money to help support the local  projects when allowable. 
  • Up to $22,000-26,000 living stipend for Service Members, paid bi-weekly.  $6,495 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your term of  service 
  • Health insurance* 
  • Partial childcare reimbursement, if you qualify 
  • Student loan forbearance, if you qualify 
  • Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities 
*Participation in the FoodCorps health insurance option is required if you cannot provide proof of  existing coverage.   

Skills Needed:

What We’re Looking For 

  • Passion for building a healthier future for school children 
  • Commitment to working hard in service of local communities 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, school  nutrition, culinary arts, community organizing, or public service 
  • Experience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching setting 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 

Experience Requirements:

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 equivalent 

Job Details:

Employment Type: Full Time
Worksite: Onsite
Industry: Non-Profit/Volunteer
Posted: 2022-02-18 18:54:19
Expires: 2022-03-20

Employer Details:

Employer: FoodCorps Arkansas
Location: Van Buren Arkansas 72956, US
Please Contact: Destiny Schlinker
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