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Small Steps are Huge Wins: Two Months of Service Told in Haikus

Written By: Amy Garfinkel, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District

Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.

Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.

It’s September 1st
I’m thrilled to start my service
It’s a dream come true.

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A Special Thanks to the San Diego Unified Cafeteria Staff

Written by: Corrie King, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District

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Cafeteria Site Leader Shelly Lofy promoting the salad bar at Jerabek Elementary.

Food is often the first thing that comes to mind when the topic of transforming school lunch is brought to the table. However, real change in the lunch room will not happen unless we appreciate and honor those who are with the children daily: the cafeteria staff. Continue reading

If You Fail to Plan Are You Planning to Fail?

Written by: Kira McNealy, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District

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FoodCorps Service Members, Corrie King and Kira McNealy, with USDA Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Sciences, Kevin Concannon.

I’ve never been much of a planner. In fact, even meal prep gives me some sort of anxiety because knowing what’s on the menu every day for a week just doesn’t serve me well. Though I was quick to line up internships in college and excel scholastically, I didn’t put much thought into what came next. Getting my degree was really the pinnacle of my life. One thing I did plan for, however, was to find meaningful, fulfilling work and when I stumbled across FoodCorps in a Google search I really stopped looking.  Continue reading

The Brave Little Taster

foodcorps_7559_27055_2014_October_16_S0069793This great story was written by Ashley Marquez, the new FoodCorps service member at San Diego Unified School District. Read on to learn about her service year so far, and the impressive range of programs SDUSD offers to improve the school food environment.

“Raise your hand if you’ve never had a green grape before?,” I asked the second graders. In an instant, nearly half of them had their hands raised. Wow was the first thought that came to mind, but it was quickly washed away with an epiphany – I am in the perfect position to make a difference in my community as a FoodCorps service member at San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

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