FoodCorps, a national organization that works to address food issues in underserved communities, has called for applications for its second annual class of service members. The organization will be hiring up to one hundred people for positions in 12 states across the country. The 2012 corps will work full-time for one year in school food systems, expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias.
One in four children in the US are facing hunger and one in three are struggling with obesity. The goal of this program is to address both problems by targeting the root cause: access to healthy food. According to FoodCorps Executive Director Curt Ellis, “America’s children deserve a healthy school food environment. The leaders who serve in FoodCorps are the change-makers who can make that vision a reality.”
So far, Foodcorps workers have reached over 20,000 children across the country. This year the program has added two states–Connecticut and Montana–to the ten already served by the program–Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon.
Applications for the 2012 corps are due March 25th. You can get more information by visiting their website.