What’s Cooking at FoodCorps

Corbin with kids looking at raised bed_Maine

As frost creeps into many parts of the country, our service members are planting garlic; covering crops with tunnels and cold frames; and getting creative with indoor activities to keep their students engaged all winter long.

So far this year, they have already engaged nearly 33,000 kids in classroom, garden and kitchen activities, come rain or come shine!  We’re really proud of the impact our service members are having in their communities, but we’re also excited that the communities we serve have an impact on our service members as well.
You can read service member Corbin Lichtinger’s account of the delicious and diverse community of Lewiston, Maine, where he’s learning about new cultures, often through his stomach. From Maine to Michigan, Massachusetts to Arkansas, our service members are learning as much as they’re teaching, and harvesting a bounty as they go.

Featured Project

Rainbow salad, clean plates and hoophouse growing! Kids in Michigan got to have fun with all three of those last month when service members Daniel and Kirsten assisted schools in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim and Benzie counties to celebrate National Farm to School Month. Click here to read more on the Michigan Land Use Institute blog.
Meet Stephanie Simmons, service member in Boston.  Stephanie serves with The Food Project, our Massachusetts Host Site, and brings to her service her experience as a mom, gardener, and educator. To read more about Stephanie on The Food Project’s blog, click here.


USDA awards Farm to School grants to FoodCorps sites

On November 14th the USDA demonstrated its support of Farm to School by announcing 4.5 million dollars in grants for eligible schools to increase local products on their cafeteria trays.  This is great news for the nearly 2 million students who will get to eat local carrots in their school lunches, grow beets in their school gardens, and visit local farms, all made possible by these grants. We are especially excited that FoodCorps partners like the Fayetteville Public School District #1 and New Mexico’s Farm to Table are on the grantee list. Click here to read more about these grants.

Garden grant opportunities still available

Please note that our friends at The Whole Kids Foundation have extended their school garden grant deadline through 5 pm on November 30th! That means just 2 more days to get in your applications. If that’s too soon, you can still take advantage of Annie’s garden grants; their application period is open through December 15th. You can find out more about both opportunities on our website.