To quote Shauna Ahern, "For years I have been fascinated by food. Today, I realized, I've been ignoring hunger." Looking for a way to make a difference? Here's one option. If you are already or will be 18 years old on Aug. 13, 2013, you can apply to be a FoodCorps service member. What's that? "FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in high-obesity, limited-resource communities." In other words, they're looking for incredible people to do something to help children instead of just thinking about it.
If you're chosen -- and it is a competitive program -- you'll be assigned to a site in one of 15 states, building gardens and working to bring locally grown food into public school cafeterias.
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It's a yearlong commitment, with a stipend of $15,000 plus some bonus money and -- whoa -- health insurance. But the money isn't what this is about. It's about working in a low-income community and teaching children how to garden, grow food, cook and make smart choices. If you've ever considered giving back, this may be the route for you.