Would you give a year of your life to serve the greater good? No, we’re not talking about the Peace Corps, this is the FoodCorps. Modeled after the Peace Corps, this program is looking for new recruits to “plant school gardens, teach kids about healthy food, and change what’s for lunch.” FoodCorps members are asked to commit to a year of service and will receive a yearly stipend (I’m not sure how much), help with student loans, health insurance, and career mentoring. In return, “you get to grow healthy food, grow your career and grow your community.” It sounds like an amazing opportunity for our young people to engage in, especially considering the tough economy right now. Please share with anyone who you think may be interested.

This video is a commercial for FoodCorps. It was shown at the 2011 Edible Institute food conference in Santa Barbara where I had the pleasure of attending. The very passionate and talented Debra Eschmeyer was a panelist at the event and is the co-founder Food Corps. The program is launching in selected cities initially and will go nationwide by the end of 2011.