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.
From left to right: Nina Weithorn, Sarah Brown, Laʻakea Kaufman, Laura Cellier, Seri Niimi-Burch, June Guo, Haley Hildebrand, Malia Weisskopf, Riley Theobald, Sarah Strohminger.
2017–2018 FoodCorps Hawai‘i Service Members and Sites:
FoodCorps Hawai‘i Leadership:
Seri Niimi-Burch, FoodCorps Fellow, The Kohala Center
Betsy Cole, State Partner Supervisor, The Kohala Center
FoodCorps Hawai‘i Service Members:
Haley Hildebrand, Kealakehe Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
Junru Guo, Kohala Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
La‘akea Kaufman, Waimea Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
Laura Cellier, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Science – Hawai‘i Island
Malia Michelle Weisskopf, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation – O‘ahu
Nina Weithorn, Kona Pacific PCS – Hawai‘i Island
Riley Theobald, Hōlualoa Elementary School – Hawai‘i Island
Sarah Brown, Paʻauilo School – Hawai‘i Island
Sarah Strohminger, Kamaile Academy – O‘ahu
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