This school year, we partnered with The Environmental Center to host Adrienne as our FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member. FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food through hands-on learning, healthy school lunches, and a schoolwide culture of health. Adrienne is currently teaching garden-based and classroom lessons with the Kinder, 4th, and 5th grades, and working with our community to develop our garden into an educational space. She will also plan and distribute foods for our weekly healthy food taste-test “Snacky Wacky Wednesday.” She is excited to be a part of the M.A. Lynch community!
Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school.
Our vision: We are creating a future in which all our nation’s children––regardless of race, place, or class––know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day.
Healthy food is a building block for a full life. But right now, not all kids have access to healthy food or education about how to make healthy choices. Structural inequities based on race, place, and class have resulted in health disparities that have taken an unjust toll on children of color and children growing up in households struggling to make ends meet.
- In the United States, one in three kids are on track to develop diet-related illness in their lifetime. For kids of color, it’s one in two.
- Children who lack a quality diet are more likely to face a lifetime of challenges: they score lower on tests, miss more days of school, advance less in their careers, and raise children who are likely to repeat the same cycle.
We see schools as places where we can correct these injustices, providing healthy food access and education for all kids. FoodCorps helps schools become places where kids get the nourishment they need to thrive.
For more information, contact Adrienne Atkins at 541-923-4876 ext. 4332