Who We AreFoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to food in schools — regardless of place, race or geography — so that they know what healthy food is, care about where it comes from, and have access to it every day. 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 and their state team, 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 preferencesHealthy school meals: the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foodsSchoolwide 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 We’re Looking ForPassion for building a healthier future for school childrenCommitment to working hard in service of local communities in order to make a differenceDemonstrated leadership abilityMotivation to serve full-time in a limited resource communityPerseverance in the face of ambiguity, challenges and demonstrating creativity in finding solutionsRespect for diversity of opinion, experience, and backgroundExperience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public serviceExperience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching settingsKnowledge of the culture, history, and/or language of the communities we serveDesire to gain hands-on experience for your careerDemonstrated ability or dedication to performing the activities listed belowTo be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:Be 18 years or older by the start of your service termBe a legal, permanent resident of the United StatesHold a highschool diploma, GED or equivalentIndividual service positions differ by location. There may be additional requirements depending on the site to which you apply.What You’ll DoService members in New Jersey will be placed within one of two tracks: Food Education Service Members School Nutrition Service Members (Pilot Program!) Food Education Service Members Service members work with 1-2 schools via the service site organization/school district where they are placed, and with 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 and standards-aligned lessons across all subject areas, working with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.Service members may 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 or maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit school leaders and community volunteers to ensure that the projects they start last into the future.Service members may maintain a regular presence in cafeterias by supporting food service staff in all aspects of school meal operations, conducting taste tests and gathering student feedback, and sitting and eating with students to encourage participation in school meal programs and higher consumption of fruits and vegetables during meal times. School Nutrition Service Members (Pilot Program) Under the supervision of district-level school nutrition leaders, and with ongoing support and training from FoodCorps, these members will help to advance the goals and vision for school meal quality in the districts where they serve. The School Nutrition Service Member Pilot Program will launch in August of 2021Service members support local procurement efforts, menu changes that follow state-based Harvest of the Month initiatives and/or local seasonality calendars, and collect student feedback on school food throughout the district to promote student voice and choice in school meal programs. Service members will work with school nutrition professionals to integrate culturally relevant menu items into breakfast, lunch and snack programs. Service members help build schoolwide cultures of health by building strong, collaborative relationships with teachers, families, and school administrators, organizing or supporting existing committees and running meetings, and supporting social media campaigns and outreach efforts to teachers, students, families and administrators about all aspects of school meal programs.