FoodCorps Service Member Application 2023-2024

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Screening Questions

Thank you for your interest in being a FoodCorps service member! You are applying to join group of passionate leaders who will become the next class of AmeriCorps service members. 

We know that FoodCorps is stronger, more innovative, and therefore more impactful when our service members represent a diversity of perspectives and life experiences and feel empowered to raise their voices, offer opinions, and be engaged. We enthusiastically invite people of all ethnic/racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ages to apply to serve with us, as long as you turn 18 by the start date of service (August 8, 2022). 

Here are some things you should be aware of in order to complete the application with the least amount of difficulty and confusion:

  • We recommend that you read the entire application and all applicant information on our website at foodcorps.org/apply in full before beginning the form. 

  • If you have questions regarding the program, service sites, selection timelines, orientation, etc. please email us at serve@foodcorps.org

  • Submitting this application is no guarantee or promise of selection for FoodCorps service.

  • The application will launch in October 2022. It’s always a good idea to apply early because applications are reviewed as they are received. Please review the selection timeline on our website for key dates on the selection process.

Best of luck! We’re excited to learn more about you.

The FoodCorps Team


FoodCorps service members are required to have achieved at least a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent before the start of the term of service.

FoodCorps service members have to be 18 years old or older before the start of their service term.

If you have already served 4 terms (part-time or full-time) with AmeriCorps State or National, you are ineligible to serve as a FoodCorps Service Member. If you have served as a VISTA or NCCC, you are eligible to serve. If you have served the equivalent of two full-time terms of any AmeriCorps program, you may serve as a FoodCorps member, but you are ineligible to receive another Education Award.

Under AmeriCorps and FoodCorps requirements, FoodCorps service members have to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

Under AmeriCorps & FoodCorps requirements, you will not be eligible for FoodCorps service if you have been convicted of a violent felony or a felony charge for the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of any controlled substance or illegal drug use, are listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry, refuse to undergo a National Service Criminal History check, or make a false statement concerning your criminal history. Any kind of convictions not mentioned above will not automatically disqualify you from FoodCorps, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Based on the answers you provided, you are not eligible for service at this time.
Applicant Information



This is the email we will use to contact you to schedule interviews. Make sure it is an email address that will remain valid for at least the next 12 months. If you are a current FoodCorps Service Member, please use your personal email. DO NOT use your FoodCorps email.

Share your pronouns with us here!

We will use this phone number if we are unable to reach you via email.
Current Address



If you currently live out of the country, choose the state where you most recently lived.

Permanent Address



If you currently live out of the country, choose the state where you most recently lived.

Resumé and Transferable Experience


Don't have a resume? Take a look here for some resume templates! Be sure to upload a PDF file.
Transferable Lived Experiences

We value lived experience in addition to professional experiences.

Lived experiences can look like (but not limited to):

  • Cooking/gardening for yourself or others
  • Family childcare (like babysitting a younger sibling)
  • Personal food access
  • Connecting to your community or community organizing
  • Practicing social justice, anti-racism, and/or anti-oppression

Short Answers

This section provides a space to share  your motivations and interest in serving with FoodCorps. Use this opportunity to share anything that makes you a unique and well qualified candidate. 

There are two service member positions available. 
Food Education Service Members, the majority of our cohort, focus on offering students hands-on experiences growing, cooking, tasting and learning about food that supports their nourishment and development. 
School Nutrition Service Members are a small cohort of service members placed at a district level who are focused on supporting goals around nourishing meals, engaging the school community and supporting learning opportunities around food that is fresh, locally sourced and culturally relevant. 
We encourage you to read through the job descriptions (linked above), read about our mission, vision, and the approach we are using to nourish futures for all students. 

We know that writing isn't everyone's strong suit or preferred form of expression, so we have provided you with the option to attach a multimedia response to any of the questions below instead of writing.

(For example: online video or audio file, PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi presentation, photographs, blogs, excerpts from papers or lesson plans, etc. Multimedia files should be under 25MB.)

Note:
The request for racial and/or gender identity in question 2 is to understand your motivations for this work. Self identification is not required nor will it be used as a determination of applicant qualification. 
Understanding your motivation



Understanding your leadership lens

The request for racial/gender identity is to understand your motivations for this work. Self identification is not required nor will it be used as a determination of applicant qualification.



Experience With Marginalized Communities



Leadership / Community Engagement




References

Please use this space to add up to three references. Ideally we would like for at least two of the references to be people you have worked with in some capacity (for example, at work or through volunteering). One of them should be in a supervisory capacity (for example, a manager or professor). 
Your references will be contacted should we intend to offer you a position. They will be contacted before your decision deadline. A letter of recommendation is also acceptable as a form of reference and can be submitted with your application. Please send any letters of recommendation to serve@foodcorps.org with [YOUR NAME - Letter of Recommendation] in the subject line. 
Reference 1




Reference 2




Reference 3




Additional Considerations



Please list any additional languages that you can speak and your level of proficiency with each.


Beginner - I know a few words and greetings here and there. Emerging - I'm comfortable ordering from a restaurant in another language. Intermediate - I'm comfortable with teaching a full lesson in another language. Native - I've spoken the language from early childhood and am comfortable at all levels.


Beginner - I know a few words and greetings here and there. Emerging - I'm comfortable ordering from a restaurant in another language. Intermediate - I'm comfortable with teaching a full lesson in another language. Native - I've spoken the language from early childhood and am comfortable at all levels.

FoodCorps does not require you to have access to a vehicle but some sites do (especially rural sites where public transportation is unavailable!). If you will not have access to a car during your service term, we’ll ensure that you will be considered for service sites where a car is optional or unnecessary.


For example, the name/relationship of the person, name of the college/university, name of the website, etc.

Optional Demographic Information

All of the questions on this page are optional and will not be visible to application reviewers or considered in the selection process. FoodCorps collects this information to better understand who is applying to our program and to meet reporting requirements of funders. 

FoodCorps respects diversity, and extends service opportunities without regard to age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local laws, regulations or ordinances. 






FoodCorps does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. In order to ensure we consider the needs of whole community, please consider the following optional questions:







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Certification

Please review the following statements and certify their accuracy by checking each box and then initialing.

Section 1
I have read the FoodCorps application instructions and I certify that I am eligible to serve as a FoodCorps Service Member for the 2023-2024 term. Eligibility requirements include:
  • You must be 18 years of age by August 7, 2023.
  • You are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.
  • You have achieved your high school diploma or GED.
  • You have not previously served four AmeriCorps State or National terms



Section 2
If I am selected as a finalist for a FoodCorps service position, I give FoodCorps permission to conduct criminal history background checks in accordance with the Corporation for National and Community Service guidelines. I understand that in accordance with AmeriCorps policy, I will not be eligible for service membership if I am listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry, if I have been previously convicted of a violent felony, if I have been previously convicted of a felony involving the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of any controlled substance or illegal drug, or if I refuse to undergo a National Service Criminal History check. I understand that other prior criminal history does not necessarily prohibit me from serving with FoodCorps, but that each case will be reviewed by FoodCorps before my membership can be approved.


Section 3
I give FoodCorps permission to use any Non-Identifiable information that I provide in this application for programming purposes, including promotional or communications purposes.


Section 4
I certify that the information provided in this application is accurate. I understand that the withholding of any information sought by this application, or the giving of false information on this application, will result in a refusal of selection, or, if discovered after I am selected, in disciplinary action up to and including termination. I hereby grant permission to any person, firm, or corporation to release to FoodCorps or its representatives any and all information regarding my past service, work, or employment and my background. I waive any and all claims I might have with respect to the providing of such information. I further understand and agree that if I am offered and accept a service position with FoodCorps, my service would be on an at-will basis. This means that either I, or FoodCorps, may terminate the service relationship at any time with or without cause. It also means that FoodCorps reserves the right to determine and change at any time my service duties and responsibilities, reporting relationships, compensation and benefits, as well as its personnel policies and procedures for any reason or for no particular reason or cause. Finally, I understand and agree that this constitutes the entire agreement between me and FoodCorps with regard to my application for service.