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FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member at FoodCorps - 12862

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FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member
901 Main Street, Office #10
06040 Manchester , CT
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Job Description: 

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 You’ll Gain
A living stipend of $22,000 in the state of CT
$6,095 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your term of service
Health insurance–– Participation in the FoodCorps health insurance option is required if you cannot provide proof of existing coverage.
Partial childcare reimbursement, if you qualify
Student loan forbearance, if you qualify
Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities

Where You’ll Serve
In Connecticut, we currently partner with the following service sites:
New London Public Schools' Food & Nutrition Services
East Hartford Public Schools' Food & Nutrition Services
Hartford Public Schools Food and Child Nutrition Office
The Consolidated School District of New Britain
Meriden Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Services Office
New Haven Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Services
Green Village Initiative in Bridgeport
Norwalk Public Schools
Middletown Public Schools
Naugatuck Public Schools

Duties & Responsibilities: 

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 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 impact what's for lunch by sourcing and promoting food from local farms for
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 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 trainings, helping FoodCorps and
schools assess the impact they are having, and raising money to help support the local

Education & Experience: 

What We’re Looking For (please refer to attached job description for full list of duties and requirements)
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, 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
Must be 18 years or older by the time the service term starts in August, 2021
Must have a GED or high school diploma
In CT, a vehicle is required

Application Instructions: 

Learn more about our program and apply:

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Volunteers/Volunteer Management