Mission: Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school.
I worked at FoodCorps full-time (More than a year)
I truly enjoyed my time at FoodCorps, working with a great unique team of individuals from various walks of life and developing great ideas to help connect kids to healthy food in schools. FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps grantee that works with schools in resource-limited areas in 18 states with more than 200+ AmeriCorps service members (like the Peace Corps but domestic).
The biggest strength is definitely the agile, all hands on deck attitude the team carries. We all work together and collaborate in helping build our program. We've used great technology solutions, partnered with leaders in school food and nonprofits and worked together to build a colegial, equitable and diverse work environment that is engaging and inspiring. I worked in the national office so my rating is based on my work there.
One great benefit is competitive health, dental and life insurance and 401k matching, another great benefit is the PTO with a day and a half of vacation earned each month on top of six annual PTO days and a month-long sabbatical on ones' third year anniversary at FoodCorps. There is also an option to work from home and competitive parental leave (six months for maternity, I recall).
Staff development is also encouraged with annual trainings, staff retreats, check-ins and having great transparency with colleages is invaluable. I also enjoyed the organizations open door policy and even getting to go on fun outings with VPs and other staff.
The biggest challenge I think is definitely salary and compensation which can be on the lower end in some cases, but that's a given as we're a nonprofit and partly federally funded. Service Member compensation can also be on the lower end as well.
Another challenge is sometimes how expectations are communicated between staff, where some projects are expected to be completed without accounting for any potential risks, or fallout, which can cause some miscommunication and issues. Change management and sometimes transitions among colleagues can create uncertainty.
Sometimes, the national office has struggled with building rapport and can be quiet but we've taken strides to improve that and have gotten better with it.
While diversity is critical to our vision, it would be great to see the diverse makeup of executive and national staff reflect the diverse communities we serve and having more voices from the bottom of the top in hiring would be advantageous.
Advice to Management
Keep succeeding where you're succeeding, and evolving in areas that need improvement, but overall, given the circumstances, the work continues to be spellbinding.
I applied online. I interviewed at FoodCorps.
I was asked to participate in an initial phone interview that lasted approximately 30 minutes. The interview itself was fine and fairly standard as far as phone interviews go. I was told I would hear if I was moving forward within about a week. I did not hear back, so waited a few days and sent an email asking about the status. There was never a response to my email at any point. I'm fine not moving forward, but found it highly unprofessional that I was told I would be given a response and then ignored.
We're currently hiring staff in Massachusetts, California, Arizona, and New York. Roles include programming, fundraising, and school food procurement.
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