Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms & kids? Applications are now open for the 2013-2014 class of FoodCorps service members and are due March 24, 2013. Check out the new FoodCorps recruitment video: When You Grow Up (warning prepare to be inspired!)
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places these leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. So far this year these service members have reached over 40,000 children in 12 states. You can read more at www.foodcorps.org
What about FoodCorps in Iowa?
Currently, you can serve in Des Moines, Waterloo/Cedar Falls and in Decorah. There are descriptions of the service sites here. Members collaborate with school communities—both urban and rural—to build momentum for the Farm to School and local foods movement in Iowa. Expect to teach nutrition education, start and maintain school gardens and form relationships with school food service personnel.
What are the Benefits?
* As a FoodCorps service member, you will be eligible to receive the following:
* A $15,000 living allowance: This taxable stipend is paid on a bi-weekly basis.
* SNAP benefits: As an AmeriCorps member, you will be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or Food Stamps, in your state of service.
* A $5,550 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award: Upon successful competition of your 1,700 hour term of service, you will receive this monetary award which can be used to pay for education at qualified institutions of higher education, educational training, and to re-pay qualified student loans. To learn more, visit AmeriCorps’ Segal Education Award website.
* Student loan forbearance: While FoodCorps can verify your status as an AmeriCorps service member, student loan forbearance approval is dependent on your loan holder. To learn more, visit AmeriCorps’ student loan payment website.
* Health insurance: If you don’t have it already, FoodCorps will provide basic health, vision and dental coverage.
* Partial childcare reimbursements: You can receive child care subsidy benefits, which may provide partial or full child care cost reimbursements, if you meet eligibility requirements. For more information visit AmeriCorps’ State & National Child Care Benefits Program website.
Applicants can start their applications through the FoodCorps application portal. Applicant FAQs and more information about recruitment can be found on the FoodCorps website.
For more information about FoodCorps in Iowa contact: Flannery Cerbin, FoodCorps Fellowfirstname.lastname@example.org / 479-587-3479 (office)
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