by Leah Butz
80 Broad St
Address Line 2
Suite 1303
New York
Phone Number
Director, Manager or CEO
Curt Ellis
Community members served per month
Volunteers per month
Number of staff/employees
FoodCorps NY has a staff of two
Year Started
FoodCorps’ first program year was in 2010, but FoodCorps New York launched in Fall of 2015
Major Funders
22% of our funding comes from our partnership with AmeriCorps. The rest is a combination of program site fees, corporate partnerships, foundations, and individual donors.
Latest Projects
FoodCorps New York has been partnering with other non-profit organizations and schools in NYC since 2015. This year, we are piloting two new projects: (1) Our Cafeteria project, a Project-Based Learning program designed for students to lead the discussions and decisions within the school and with school leaders on how to improve the cafeteria environment and mealtime experience; and (2)Supporting the Office of Food and Nutrition Services with menu changes and school lunch participation in our partner schools through tastings on Meatless Mondays.
Interesting Fact
One of FoodCorps’ co-founders, Debra Eschmeyer, went on to become the Executive Director of the First Lady’s childhood health initiative Let’s Move!, and the Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor to the President.
Areas Served
South Bronx, East and Central Harlem, and North and Central Brooklyn
Core Programs
FoodCorps New York leverages 16 AmeriCorps leaders to deliver our direct service program, in partnership with schools and other non-profit organizations, to high-need schools across the South Bronx, East and Central Harlem, and North and Central Brooklyn. Our program consists of three areas of service:
(1) Hands-On Learning – Service members teach cooking, gardening, and tasting since kids love foods they have grown and prepared themselves.
(2) Healthy School Meals – Service members support a cafeteria environment that steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods.
(3) Schoolwide Culture of Health – Service members help the whole school community – everything from the teachers to the hallways to the bake sales – celebrate healthy food.
Building on this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools. We pursue shifts in policy and culture that move us toward a future in which all our schools will be healthy places for children to eat, learn and grow.
Major Issues
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Healthy Food Access, Nutrition Education (Children/Youth), School Food, School Gardens
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