Springfield is planning to recruit 6 new service members for the 2019-2020 school year. These are exciting times in Springfield! The new Culinary and Nutrition Center is opening this spring and has been designed to make healthier, tastier, scratch-cooked meals for Springfield Public School students. FoodCorps members in Springfield are focused on supporting the goals of the District and Sodexo: "To eliminate hunger by increasing the quality, sustainability, and efficiency of the child nutrition programs in our schools and community".
With a partnership between the District, Sodexo, and FoodCorps, service members are able to engage students in the classrooms and cafeterias, test new recipes and get students excited about healthy food through hands-on learning opportunities. FoodCorps members do this by engaging students and families through hands-on learning opportunities and community events; capturing and integrating student voice in menus; and creating cafeteria environments that celebrate and encourage healthy choices. FoodCorps members teach cooking, gardening, and nutrition lessons in K-8 schools, organize focus groups to hear from students, participate in school and community events, and communicate the goals of the CNC and district with the community.