Arkansas Mayors Recognize FoodCorps Service Members

Left to right: Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Sean Coder, Rachel Spencer, Kelsie Shearrer
Left to right: Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Sean Coder, Rachel Spencer, Kelsie Shearrer. Photo courtesy Dede Peters, City of Fayetteville.

Tuesday, April 1, was the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition, and the five FoodCorps Arkansas members took time to celebrate community service with the mayors and other AmeriCorps members in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Marshall.

The Mayors Day of Recognition is a nation-wide effort to highlight the positive impact that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have on their communities. In Arkansas, for example, FoodCorps members have reached more than 7,500 children and worked with 463 farmers to bring more than 3,000 pounds of local food into school cafeterias.

Fayetteville’s Mayor Lioneld Jordan met with several local AmeriCorps service members, including FoodCorps members Kelsie Shearrer and Sean Coder and FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow Rachel Spencer. Mayor Jordan shared stories of his experience in the Youth Service Corps.

Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse (back row, in the yellow tie) with Springdale Public Schools AmeriCorps members, Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins, and Bayyari Elementary garden club members.
Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse (back row, in the yellow tie) with Springdale Public Schools AmeriCorps members, Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins, and Bayyari Elementary garden club members. Photo courtesy Springdale School District.

In Springdale, Mayor Doug Sprouse and school district superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins visited the school garden at Bayyari Elementary. FoodCorps service members Destiny Schlinker and Cecilia Hernandez joined the mayor and superintendent, along with other AmeriCorps service members working in the Springdale school district and several members of the school garden club.

In Marshall, located in north central Arkansas, FoodCorps service member Jenn Warren gave Mayor Jim Smithson a tour of the school garden, and they talked Searcy County strawberry history. Jenn sent him home with some strawberry starts!

The Mayors Day of Recognition is an initiative led by a coalition of organizations, including the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; the National League of Cities; and Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Arizona, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Visit www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/mayors-day for more information.

Marshall Mayor Jim Smithson and Jenn Warren.
Marshall Mayor Jim Smithson and Jenn Warren. Photo courtesy Jenn Warren.

For more information about FoodCorps, visit https://foodcorps.org. To follow FoodCorps Arkansas, find them on Facebook (FoodCorps Arkansas) or visit http://arkansasfoodcorps.blogspot.com.

Rachel Spencer co-authored this post.

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