Empowering Futures: How FoodCorps is Revolutionizing Education and Community Well-being through Food

December 11, 2023
Michael Horn

 

Curt Ellis and Rob Harvey, co-CEOs of FoodCorps, are at the forefront of a transformative movement in school food education. They are focused on empowering futures through their innovative approach. Their mission intertwines the essential elements of health, joy, and empowerment, fundamentally recognizing the role of food not only as sustenance but as a catalyst for social justice, educational equity, and improved public health.

So how does the integration of food education in school curriculums enhance student health and empower their academic and personal growth?

In a conversation with Michael Horn on The Future of Education, Ellis and Harvey delve into the multifaceted role of food, exploring its significance in student health, academic achievement, and overall well-being within the educational framework. The episode comprehensively covers various aspects of their initiative, focusing on how school-based nutrition is crucial in influencing students’ daily lives and learning environments. This discussion underscores the importance of food as a fundamental component in empowering futures through education.

“Children spend half their waking hours and often eat half their daily calories in school. In every single community, the most important place where food and health happen is a school building,” Ellis said.

“When you don’t have agency in so many other areas of your life… but you have agency to decide what you eat on a daily basis, it is one of the greatest senses of joy and power,” Harvey said.

Recent Episodes

School Safety Strategies for the Summer
View episode

In today’s episode of School Safety Today by Raptor Technologies, join host Dr. Amy Grosso as she sits down with Dr. Allison Willemin, Executive Director of School Safety, Operational Technology, and Student Services at Oxford Community Schools, Michigan.  Together, they delve into the crucial topic of school safety during the summer months, focusing on…

Jonathan Lockwood, STEM Training and Development Specialist at Boxlight, discusses the transformative impact of educational technology
View episode

With technological advancements driving significant change in the educational landscape, these changes are extending beyond traditional classroom boundaries. The more recent shift in educational technology was fueled in adapting to a post-pandemic world, where the integration of technology into education has become essential. The pandemic underscored the importance of innovative teaching methods and tools,…

View episode

When discussing EdTech leaders in school districts, it’s clear that their roles and responsibilities can vary significantly depending on the district’s size and resources. The responsibility of managing educational technology might fall on individuals who wear multiple hats, such as school principals, IT coordinators, or even teachers. This lack of dedicated EdTech staff can…