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Portland, OR
1 to 50 employees
2010
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
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FoodCorps connects kids to healthy food in school. Through our partnership with AmeriCorps, we recruit, train and place emerging leaders in limited-resource schools for a year of service.

NOTE: Our AmeriCorps service members receive a different set of ... Read more

Mission: Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school.

FoodCorps Reviews

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    "A great organization with great individuals doing great work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    I worked at FoodCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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FoodCorps Photos

FoodCorps photo of: FoodCorps Service Member Ahreaf Ware gardening with kids in Jackson, MS.
FoodCorps photo of: Our office in New York
FoodCorps photo of: This October, we're moving our national headquarters in Portland to The Redd on Salmon Street, a new regional food accelerator.
FoodCorps photo of: Our organizational core values, posted at our office in the NoMad/Flatiron neighborhood in New York City
FoodCorps photo of: Recruitment Manager Tiffany McClain at a retreat for FoodCorps' alumni of color
FoodCorps photo of: Service Member Rachel Kraus bringing peaches from a local farm into the cafeteria
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at FoodCorps.

    Interview

    Prepare to be ghosted, even after an in-person interview. Hate to sound melodramatic, but in all my experience with job interviews, this was the most unprofessional hiring process I have seen to date.

    To be positive, the overall set-up for interviews was smooth. There was communication right off the bat to set up a phone interview with the head of HR. This was a pleasant conversation about qualifications and immediately felt secure for the next round.

    The second round is an in-person interview with your potential direct report. This interview was one-sided with technical questions regarding qualifications. You know the questions of “how would you handle X?” Not an open conversation or even the abstract questions of who you are and your purpose to work there etc. Somewhat odd considering it is a non-profit and potentially a new working relationship. The third round is a panel interview. Then radio silence. I understood the company was hiring for many positions (and still are), so I made sure to wait the appropriate amount of time to follow-up, roughly a little over a week. Crickets. From there, I let it go. Crickets are still a cherpin.

    If you need proof, check out the other interviews below me. Ghosting is a trend even with the higher up level candidates.

    Note to the new VP of culture (when hired), if you read this, this should be top of your priority. It’s not a cute look. As someone okay if it doesn’t work out in the end, a notification and thanking a person for their time goes a long way.

    If I am honest, I am unlikely to donate to a foundation that treats candidates (which are people) in this manner. Words of advice to people applying, don’t count on the opportunity. Apply but keep looking for other opportunities and count on this one not working out. Set expectations low.

    In the end, it worked out for the best. With astute observation, you can tell and feel that people are overworked maybe even slightly burnt out. Didn’t see any camaraderie, no smiles, extremely quiet, and many looks at the clock. Hope this review creates a change for all future applicants.

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