FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. The Kohala Center has been the state partner in Hawai‘i since the program began here in 2014. FoodCorps Hawai‘i service members are emerging leaders who dedicate one year to full-time service in public schools, where they expand hands-on nutrition education programs, build and tend school gardens, and help bring high-quality, locally produced foods into schools.
The Kohala Center and Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network look forward to continuing to build this program throughout Hawai‘i and adding more service sites as funding allows. Public-private partnerships between The Kohala Center, public and charter schools, and FoodCorps are creating school garden educator positions that address student wellness needs and create opportunities for an experiential learning environment where all students can excel.
Top Row (Left to Right): Joe Wat, Fallon Bader, Michelle Durr, Stephanie Loui, Alyx Cadotte, La‘akea Kaufman
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Carly Wyman, Seri Niimi-Burch, Maylan Ackerman, Tara Sakamoto
2016-2017 FoodCorps Hawai‘i Service Members and Sites:
FoodCorps Hawai‘i Leadership:
Seri Niimi-Burch, FoodCorps Fellow, The Kohala Center
Mahina Patterson, State Partner Supervisor, The Kohala Center
FoodCorps Hawai‘i Service Members:
Stephanie Loui, Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation – O‘ahu
Carly Wyman, Kua O Ka Lā/Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Science – Hawai‘i Island
Tara Sakamoto, Waimea Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
Fallon Bader, Pa‘auilo Elementary & Intermediate School – Hawai‘i Island
Joe Wat, Kamaile Academy – O‘ahu
Alyx Cadotte, Hōlualoa Elementary – Hawai‘i Island
Maylan Ackerman, Kohala Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
Michelle Durr, Kona Pacific Public Charter School – Hawai‘i Island
La‘akea Kaufman, Kealakehe Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
Keep up with all of FoodCorps Hawai‘i’s latest happenings on Facebook at Facebook.com/FoodCorpsHawaii.
For more information, please contact Seri Niimi-Burch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FoodTalks: Kalu Oyama
FoodCorps Hawai‘i Service Member Kalu Oyama addresses the Seventh Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas. Here she shares how she found herself as a young mom, overweight and disconnected from real food. She explains how that realization led her to a home garden, the school garden, and then to FoodCorps. » Watch now