The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and NC4-H co-host FoodCorps North Carolina in their shared mission of supporting future food system leaders and developing sustainable, fair, local food systems.
Whether digging in the dirt with young children or planning statewide programming with agency directors, both organizations are dedicated to building a healthier food system across North Carolina, and both share a dedication to community-driven efforts that improve the health and wellness for children and communities.
FoodCorps NC is an AmeriCorps grantee that places service members with local organization partners across the state, from Cherokee to Wilmington, Warren County to Scotland County, where they serve in K-12 schools to provide nutrition education, garden engagement, cafeteria access, and community engagement to drive forward a healthy school environment as envisioned by the communities themselves.
FoodCorps is dedicated to children, their schools, and communities, and to the development of its service members as future leaders in a just and sustainable food system. FoodCorps NC is eager to support the development of strong model programs across the state, and also dedicated to leveraging this work to the benefit of the many farm-to-school efforts in the state. We aim to contribute to the multitude of efforts across NC to make all schools places that support healthy food cultures.
Farm to School in NC
Beginning in 1997, North Carolina was one of the first states to incorporate a statewide farm to school initiative that sources NC-grown produce for school meals. Today, the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School Program reaches over 1 million children across the entire state, serving over a million pounds of locally-grown produce each year.
Despite this, there are many challenges to overcome. Twenty-seven percent of children in North Carolina are designated as food insecure. Racial inequity and poverty plague our state and country and are root causes of child hunger and food insecurity. FoodCorps recognizes that in order for children to be healthy and well-fed, communities must be engaged to address issues of education and access. FoodCorps NC partners with county Cooperative Extension offices, non-profit organizations, school nutrition services, and many others to tap the local knowledge of folks already on the ground doing change-making work.
FoodCorps NC helped develop and is an active partner in the Farm to School Coalition of NC.
FoodCorps NC sites
- Gaston County Cooperative Extension, Gaston County
- Guilford County Cooperative Extension, Guilford County
- Good Food Sandhills, Moore County
- Dillard Academy Charter School, Wayne County
- The Down East Partnership for Children, Edgecombe & Nash Counties
- Scotland County Schools, Scotland County
FoodCorps NC multimedia and document resources.
- School Garden Guides: Successful Volunteer Workdays Shane McCoy
FoodCorps NC News
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