Aaron Poplack, Oregon Program Manager
1140 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 558-6374
[email protected]

FoodCorps is a national service organization that partners with communities to connect kids to healthy food in school. In 18 states and Washington D.C., FoodCorps places AmeriCorps service members in schools to teach kids about healthy food and build a schoolwide culture of health. Our vision is a future in which all our nation’s children—regardless of class, race, or place—know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day.

Our team of AmeriCorps leaders serve in schools across the country teaching hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting healthy food; partnering with farmers and food service teams to create nutritious and delicious school meals; and collaborating with communities to inspire a schoolwide culture of health. All schools in which we serve have high rates of free and reduced-price lunch participation and strong goals to ensure all their students can access 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 invest in the emerging leaders who join FoodCorps, and support them through lifelong careers as change-makers. We galvanize a network of state and local partners, aligning them behind a shared vision and plan of action. Then, leveraging the evidence base of our direct impact and the advocacy power of our alumni and partners, 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.

In Oregon, we serve in both rural and urban environments, with a statewide footprint. In each community we serve, we partner directly with a school district, individual school, or community-based organization who hosts their member. Our AmeriCorps leaders work with their school community to identify school-specific goals and to deliver culturally-responsive programming in approximately 16 schools across the state, focusing on three evidence-based strategies that get children eating healthy:

1. Hands-On Learning: Students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences.

2. Healthy School Meals: The cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods.

3. Schoolwide Culture of Health: As a whole, the school community and environment—from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food.