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FoodCorps Service Member 2022-2023

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ORGANIZATION: FoodCorps Massachusetts

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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

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

Individual service positions differ by location. There may be additional requirements depending on the site to which you apply.

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 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.
What You’ll Gain
  • 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.

Where You’ll Serve

FoodCorps offers service positions in multiple states, including communities throughout AR, CA, CT, DC Metro Area, GA, IA, ME, MA, MI, MS, NJ, NM, NY and OR. To see our local Service Sites, visit: https://foodcorps.org/apply/where-youll-serve/ .

The Details

In order to successfully complete your term of service, you must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours. The service duration is August 8, 2022 - July 7, 2023.

FoodCorps service members report to the designated supervisor at their service site. FoodCorps state and national staff provide additional guidance and oversight.

More opportunities with FoodCorps Massachusetts

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About FoodCorps Massachusetts

Location:

255 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110, US

Mission Statement

Our mission: Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school. Our vision: We are creating a future in which all our nation’s children--regardless of race, place, or class--know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day.

Description

Healthy food is a building block for a full life. But right now, not all kids have access to healthy food or education about how to make healthy choices. Structural inequities based on race, place, and class have resulted in health disparities that have taken an unjust toll on children of color and children growing up in households struggling to make ends meet.

  • In the United States, one in three kids are on track to develop diet-related illness in their lifetime. For kids of color, it’s one in two.
  • Children who lack a quality diet are more likely to face a lifetime of challenges: they score lower on tests, miss more days of school, advance less in their careers, and raise children who are likely to repeat the same cycle.

We see schools as places where we can correct these injustices, providing healthy food access and education for all kids. FoodCorps helps schools become places where kids get the nourishment they need to thrive.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Springfield, MA 01115

(42.10302,-72.59215)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Bilingual
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • In order to successfully complete your term of service, you must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours. The service duration is August 8, 2022 – July 7, 2023.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Comfortable with both collaborative and independent work, Some partner sites require service members to have a car

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