FoodCorps is a National Service program that connects kids to healthy food in schools so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. Service members deliver programming in schools focusing on hands-on lessons, healthy school meals and a school-wide culture of health.
The Crim is the Host Site for 5 FoodCorps service members that serve for 11.5 months, working at least 1700 hours.
Currently, service members serve in 13 schools, all the Flint Community Schools plus at Cummings Great Expectations Preschool.
Service members teach students garden-based nutrition lessons, sharing with students how fruits and vegetables get from the ground to their plates. They also work within the cafeterias, steering students towards healthier options and getting them excited about trying new healthy foods. Service members help the whole school community by sharing food grown in the gardens, creating community garden clubs, attending events to name a few.
In the last 8 years, FoodCorps has been a part of the Flint schools, gardens have been constructed at all the schools. Service members work to build and maintain the gardens as well as use the gardens for educational purposes with students. Community members are encouraged to help in the gardens and students are often out in the gardens with the members learning and tending to the care of the food being grown. Currently, we have gardens in all Flint Community schools as well as 3 schools with hoop houses and several greenhouses.
For more information about FoodCorps as a national program, please visit foodcorps.org.
If you are interested in learning more about FoodCorps offered by the Crim Fitness Foundation or you are interested in volunteering in our gardens, pleas contact Mackenzie Thrower, Site Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.