FoodCorps Arkansas

Is your school or organization interested
in investing in school and community health?

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Want to know more? | Here's a little bit about FoodCorps and what we do...

FoodCorps envisions a nation of healthy children who know what healthy food is—how it grows and where it comes from—and who have access to it every day:

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.

We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, we implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids.

Our Service Members:
  • ✔ Teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from
  • ✔ Build and tend school gardens
  • ✔ Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias
NCAT logo Questions about NCAT? See our website to learn more about our many projects, including Americorps.

To learn more about FoodCorps and to express an interest in hosting one or more members, please fill in the form below to apply. Thank you.

The application is also available as a downloadable WORD file.
To learn more about the responsibilities of our service sites, please download our PDF guide.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Rachel Spencer, FoodCorps Fellow
rachel.spencer@foodcorps.org

Margo Hale, Host Site Supervisor
margoh@ncat.org

479-442-9824


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Organizational Information

Has your organization ever hosted an AmeriCorps member before?

Describe the organization and program area within which the FoodCorps service members will serve. If selected, this information may be used on FoodCorps' website as part of our recruitment and Service Member application materials.

Does your school currently have a school garden and/or a farm to school (local food procurement) program?

If yes, please describe the goal of your school garden and/or farm to school programs.

Can you provide some examples of garden-based education or farm to school activities planned hosted by your school/organization? Examples: cafeteria or classroom taste tests, lessons linking classroom learning to activities in the garden, guest speakers that addressed local farming or agriculture, farm field trips, etc.

Will the role filled by a service member duplicate, replace, or displace any staff or volunteer positions at the organization?

  If yes, please explain →

Can your organization provide a safe and accessible workspace with a desk, phone, computer, and internet access?

Is your organization able to provide a cash match of $5,000/service member by August 1, 2014? In some states, this may be partially subsidized by the Host Site. Please indicate if you are still exploring sources of funding.

 

Community Information

What is the name of the town or city where the service member will be based?

What is the population of the town or city?

Please briefly describe the community in which the service member would serve.


What percentage of the community is obese, or has limited access to healthy food?

Note: You can find county level statistics here: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/DDT_STRS2/CountyPrevalenceData.aspx?mode=OBS

Would it be helpful for the service member to speak any other languages besides English? If so, what language(s)?

Would you or one of your partners be able to provide suggestions for housing opportunities to an incoming service member?

 

Partner School Information

At what school(s) would the service member spend most of their time? What are the free and reduced lunch rates for these schools? Please list free/reduced rate next to school name.

What is the name and title of the staff member who will serve as the member's primary Service Site Supervisor?


Will this person be able to ensure weekly approval of timesheets? Will they be able to dedicate time to checking in with the service member on a regular basis? Please explain.

Who else in the school or community will play a significant role helping the service member maximize the impact of their service?
(Examples: teachers that have already expressed serious interest in partnering on garden-based lessons, food service staff that can serve as collaborators in farm to school efforts, leaders that can help connect the school and community.)


In the box below, please share your vision for the role a FoodCorps service member would play at your partner schools.


  • Do you envision the service member conducting activities during classroom time, during after/before school programming, programming with community partners, etc.?

  • Will the service member independently lead activities for students, collaborate with teachers, work with parents as well, or all of the above?

  • Please consider the 3 FoodCorps pillars of:
    • Knowledge (Food and Nutrition Education),
    • Engagement (Building and Tending School Gardens),
    • Access (Sourcing and Promoting Local Food fo School Cafeterias).

Would the service member have the opportunity to work with at least one group of students for ten hours or more?

 

What kinds of training and professional development opportunities will you provide? FoodCorps provides access to national training and resources, and NCAT commits to provide state-level trainings. We ask to get an idea of how you would orient a service member to your community, and ensure they perform as best as possible in service of your school and community.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your school, community, or goals?

 

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