It is a sad truth that over one-fifth of the children living in North Carolina are living in poverty and 27% of children are food insecure meaning they are not sure where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity is one of the main focusses of FoodCorps in North Carolina. It is their focus to; “recognize that in order for kids to be healthy and well fed, communities must be engaged to address issues of education and access.” We know that North Carolina has the resources and the manpower to fight against the child poverty epidemic and Foodcorps is there to partner with cooperative extension agencies, nonprofit organizations, and school nutrition services to help children all across the state.
There are currently nine foodcorps service sites across North Carolina including, Guilford County Cooperative Extension, Warren County Cooperative Extension, Feast Down East, Scotland County Schools, Dillard Academy Charter School, Good Food Sandhill’s, Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, Cherokee Central School, and Down East Partnership for Children. These sites work countless hours every day to help feed the children across our state.
Charlotte is in its fourth year as FoodCorps host site. Currently, the CMFPC is hosting two second year FoodCorps service members - Marcus McFarland and Gigi Lytton - primarily serving three schools - Shamrock Gardens, Barringer Academic Center, and Garinger High School. FoodCorps service members also do smaller projects - like Garden Club - with our friends at Winterfield Elementary School and can be found at community events and wellness fairs across the county. Be sure to say hi!
For more information about FoodCorps, check out their website - https://foodcorps.org/