AmeriCorps and Food Corps
Leading Change in Schools
NE Iowa FFI utilizes AmeriCorps and Food Corps service members as "resource contacts"— liaisons between the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and area schools. These "RCs" help schools assess their assets and needs, set food and fitness goals, complete the School Wellness Team Action Plan Guide and build local capacity for policy and environmental changes in schools to support healthy eating and active living.
Luther College is the host organization for the FFI AmeriCorps positions which are part of the Iowa 4-H Outreach program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. AmeriCorps members serve with youth development programs in communities across the state. Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older.
On the ground, members will assist with school gardens, conduct nutrition and health education, and coordinate and train others to be leaders in this work. Members will deepen the understanding for students, teachers and staff about the benefits of growing and consuming healthy, green, affordable food and being physically active.
With coaching, members will become a resource for school wellness committees in three or four different communities and provide active programming that infuses healthy living into school culture.
Service members receive a modest living allowance, travel reimbursement and an education award which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service. The term of service starts each September. General questions about service positions may be directed to, Emily Neal, School Wellness Coordinator or email us.