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• FoodCorps, a part of AmeriCorps, helps young children understand what it means grow and share healthy food.
• Are there programs in your local school system focusing on healthy food and nutrition? How can you expand or support more food programs across school districts?
• Learn more about connecting health and education.
There is no typical day, nor typical week, for FoodCorps service members in metro Atlanta.
You might find one in a school garden helping students plant kale, sugar snap peas or carrots. Another might be in a classroom making a layered bean dip and talking about the similarities between those layers and the layers in a garden. Or one could be teaching a lesson on the importance of compost or playing a game that helps bring home what it means to have limited access to food.
FoodCorps is part of AmeriCorps, the federal program for national and community service. Service members spend time in limited-resource schools, devoting 50 weeks a year of full-time, stipend-paid public service to help children understand what it means to grow, enjoy and share healthy food. Members generally give one to two years to the program.
“I’m a hands-on learner, not very good at opening a textbook and learning that way,” Perlman said. “So this is perfect for me, creating experiential learning opportunities for the kids. Bringing in science, history, art and language arts helps make all this applicable to their everyday lives.”
Read the full article about FoodCorps by C. W. Cameron at AJC.
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