Above: FoodCorps Service Member Casey Haggerty (standing, second from far left) on a FoodCorps training retreat.
The application portal for 2020-2021 FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members is now open through March 13, 2020. Members for the program year must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 3, 2020 and July 16, 2021.
FoodCorps has host sites across the country, and there are two based in northern Michigan. One is in Traverse City with MSU Extension and one is at the Groundwork Center Petoskey office. In both cases the service member(s) will collaborate with schools, food service staff, farmers and students to help …
1. Learn why healthy food matters
2. Grow, cook and try new things
3. Eat healthy food every day
4. Build a foundation for a bright future
FoodCorps offers service positions in 18 states and cities, including communities throughout AZ, AR, CA, CT, DC metro area, GA, HI, IA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MT, NJ, NM, NYC, NC, and OR. To see a list of our State Partners, please visit FoodCorps Service Sites.
In Michigan, we currently serve in the following communities: Boyne Falls, Detroit, Ferndale, Flint, Muskegon, Pellston, Suttons Bay, and Traverse City. For a description of these sites, visit: FoodCorps Michigan Website . If applying for a Michigan placement, be sure to select the state as a preferred location on your application.
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
Who Is FoodCorps
In order to successfully complete your term of service, you must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 3, 2020 and July 16, 2021.
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.
Who Is Groundwork Center and What is a Host Site?
The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (formerly known as the Michigan Land Use Institute) works to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community. We raise awareness and support for cleaner energy, more local food, and expanded transportation choices. Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities' Food & Farming program was launched in 2002 to grow jobs, save farmland, and build healthier communities through a strong local food economy. While Groundwork is based in Traverse City, in 2017 we opened a satellite office in Petoskey in order to better serve the residents of the northern portion of our 10-county primary service area. Our service member(s) will work out of the Petoskey office with the Groundwork’s farm to school program, helping schools serve locally grown foods by connecting them to farms and related resources. Our service member(s) will also meet and collaborate with many other community organizations with which the Groundwork Center collaborates and will travel to schools in up to two rural school systems in two counties that share a diverse agricultural region.
Groundwork Center Qualifications:
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:
What You’ll Gain
· $18,250 living stipend paid out in biweekly increments over your 11-month term
· $6,095 AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of your term of service, which can be used for additional schooling or to pay off student loans
· Student loan deferral or forbearance upon approval from your lender
· Health insurance if you aren't already covered
· If you have children, you might be eligible for childcare reimbursements
· Numerous training and professional development opportunities
· The experience of a lifetime!
For More Information
Contact FoodCorps Michigan Program Coordinator Ana Cristina Cujar - firstname.lastname@example.org