Through the hands and minds of emerging leaders, FoodCorps strives to give all youth an enduring relationship with healthy food.
FoodCorps believes that through three core principles: knowledge, engagement, and access, they will be able to curb the obesity epidemic that plagues the United States.
Childhood obesity has become a serious epidemic in far too many communities across the nation. Each year, 33% of school-aged children receive just over three hours of nutrition education per year – a dismal amount of time that ultimately leaves them with little nutritional knowledge and for many, weight related issues by the time they reach high school. As an initial goal, FoodCorps would like to increase nutrition education from the present 3 hours of teaching to 10 hours.
Their principle of engagement comes in the form of school gardens. In their first year, FoodCorps constructed 137 school gardens. These gardens provide students the opportunity to see the life cycle of food. Starting from seeds the kids help to grow food that ends up on their plates.
FoodCorps’ third principle of access, is about bringing healthy food sourced from local farms into school cafeterias. “Studies show that children participating in farm-to-school programs consume one more serving of fruits and vegetables per day.” (FoodCorps.org) With many students getting the majority of their nutrition during school hours, the need for access to nutritious meals is very important.
The FoodCorps program currently has 50 service members across 10 states focusing on the three core areas. Their short-term goals are to double the number of service members in 2012 and expand to 12 states. Long term, FoodCorps would like to be in all 50 states with thousands of service members investing in our children and their future.
FoodCorps believes that through three core principles: knowledge, engagement, and access, they will be able to curb the obesity epidemic. The FoodCorps program currently has 50 service members across 10 states focusing on the three core areas.
FoodFight believes that educating the educators will help reverse childhood obesity. By bringing holistic nutrition education to both student and teacher, healthy choices trickle from the classroom into the lives of the students’ families.
Serving an area of Brooklyn historically burdened by racial tension and criminal activity, Seeds in the Middle seeks to help the children of Crown Heights develop healthy habits for success in an otherwise challenging environment.