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.
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.
Applications are due March 24, 2013. Appy online here.
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