Foodcorps americorps service member
“I want to see a more equitable, loving world, and I feel that strengthening communities is a great place to start,” says Janie Noah, a FoodCorps Americorps Service Member serving from our Petoskey office. That “local first” perspective helps explain why Janie settled so well into the fabric of Groundwork, with its emphasis on local-based solutions.
As a FoodCorps service member, Janie supports schools in Pellston and Alanson with healthy food programming—especially important as schools figure a way forward during the pandemic. “I look for ways to promote a schoolwide culture of health,” she says. That service includes teaching lessons relating to nutrition and gardening to elementary students. She appreciates that being in the schools also gives her an up-close look at how one of Groundwork’s marquee programs, 10 Cents a Meal, is playing out in real time.
Janie studied elementary education in college, and a passion for education clearly pulses within her. “It's an incredible feeling when I'm leading a FoodCorps lesson and I can feel that the students are engaged and focused,” she says. “I have found that students really cling onto conversations and activities revolving around food. It is so rewarding to be able to organize opportunities for them to further their knowledge about food.”