The W.K. Kellogg Foundation congratulates the first-ever class of 50 FoodCorps service members, who arrived last week in Milwaukee for their week-long training session.
The Kellogg Foundation has been an early and enthusiastic supporter of FoodCorps, the new national service organization dedicated to addressing diet-related disease by building school gardens and developing farm to school programs.
Chosen from more than 1,200 applicants, the first class of FoodCorps Service Members spent the week in preparation for their yearlong placements. The orientation included a full day at the renowned Growing Power Community Food Center where they will receive hands-on instruction about building gardens, educating children about healthy food, and more.
"These young leaders are dedicating a year of their lives to help give kids a relationship with healthy food that we hope will last a lifetime," said Curt Ellis, co-founder and executive director of FoodCorps, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, "King Corn."
After the training, members will report to host sites in 10 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon.
In addition to establishing school gardens, FoodCorps Service Members will work with local food service directors to source more school meal ingredients from local farmers. They will also provide nutrition education to students.
FoodCorps was founded by a group of six young visionaries, including three who are staying on to staff the new nonprofit: Ellis; Debra Eschmeyer, program director, a farmer herself, and former communications and outreach director for the National Farm to School Network; and Cecily Upton, program director and former youth programs manger at Slow Food USA.
Learn more about FoodCorps at www.foodcorps.org.
Learn more about the Kellogg Foundation's Food & Community Program at www.foodandcommunity.org.