Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids?

Become a FoodCorps Service Member!

FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in high-obesity, limited-resource communities.


FoodCorps service members implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids:

  • TEACH children about what healthy food is and where it comes from
  • BUILD and tend school gardens 
  • BRING quality local food into public school cafeterias


As a service member, you will be placed with one service site for your year-long term. Service sites are community organizations that operate in partnership with one of our twelve to fifteen host sites, statewide organizations that help run FoodCorps in each of the places FoodCorps serves: Arizona, Arkansas, California (pending), Connecticut, Hawai’i (pending), Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey (pending), New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon. 

Visit WHERE YOU’LL SERVE to learn more about our host sites, their work, the service sites they partner with, and what your service might look like in each location.



For your year of full-time service, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A $15,000 living allowance
  • A $5,550 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Health insurance
  • Partial childcare reimbursements
  • Training and mentorship
  • Alumni network
  • The experience of a lifetime

Explore what FoodCorps has to offer by visiting BENEFITS.

“It feels awesome to serve with a community that wants me to succeed and reach my goals. The connections I have made over the course of this year, nationally and locally, are invaluable – and I know these relationships and networks will guide me and support me in the future.” —Kirsten Gerbatsch, service member


Successful FoodCorps service members:

  • Are passionate about building a healthier future for school children
  • Are motivated to serve full-time in a limited resource community
  • Have experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
  • Are seeking an opportunity to gain hands-in experience for their career
  • Are committed to working hard in order to make a difference

Additionally, in order to be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service (August 13, 2013)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

To learn more about other qualifications, visit WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR.


The 2013-2014 Service Member Application is now open. Applications will be due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 24th 2013. late applications will not be accepted.

You can read more about our application process here. Please read all of the information on all of these pages before completing your application. When you are ready, the application can be found here.

We will be hosting 3 informational open conference calls to address questions about the process. The dates of the calls are:

  • Thursday, January 24 at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET
  • Wednesday, February 13 at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET

Dial-in info:

Number: (218) 936-4700

Participant access code: 7904113#

If you have any further questions about FoodCorps recruitment or the service member application process, please visit our FAQs page. If you have other questions not answered within our FAQs, please

Apply for second annual food, farm and sustainability institute

Interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies? Apply for the second annual Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a six week summer academic program.

Overview: From June 3 to July 12, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community at Hampshire College. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Hampshire College Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management, address issues in public health and politics, and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.

Required costs to students include $3,100 for tuition and $400 for communal meals during program hours. Lodging is an additional $1,050 for students who wish to reside on campus. 

Hampshire recommends 8 academic credits for completion of the 6-week program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for credit equivalent.

Online Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

For more detailed information about the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, please visit the website: If you have any questions, please contact