AmeriCorps Service Members "Grow Healthy Kids"Posted: March 12, 2013
AmeriCorps and FoodCorps service members in NE Iowa are celebrating National AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17. Every day, six service members give their service to area schools to ensure that schools continue to be a place of learning and growth and are an ideal environment to practice the belief that "Together, We Grow Healthy Kids!"
Each year during AmeriCorps Week, the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums is recognized by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across the nation every day. It is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps members' impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.
Hundreds of events are taking place across the United States, including service projects, recruitment fairs, school presentations, alumni gatherings, and awards ceremonies.
Through the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, Luther College hosts four AmeriCorps and two FoodCorps service members. These service members travel from their base at Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities to 18 school districts within the six-county area to assist students and staff in creating healthier school environments.
In conjunction with school wellness teams, service members teach nutrition and cooking lessons, conduct classroom taste tests, support Farm to School programs, maintain school gardens, support active school environments and implement staff wellness initiatives. By integrating wellness into curriculum service members are empowering students as they grow and learn the values of healthy living.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year at more than 15,000 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community- and faith-based groups across the country. FoodCorps, operating under the AmeriCorps umbrella, is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. 80 FoodCorps members serve in 12 states across the country where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into school cafeterias.
For more information on the impact AmeriCorps is having in northeast Iowa region, visit www.iowafoodandfitness.org/wegrow.