I am a current AmeriCorps member at Gleaners and I coordinate Cooking Matters classes.
I joined AmeriCorps because I have always been passionate about serving people in the community and especially educating the public about access to healthy affordable food.
My favorite AmeriCorps memory so far was conducting a grocery store tour where one participant was able to purchase a 14lb turkey along with 11 other items while still following the $10 challenge. Being able to see the lessons throughout the first four weeks of class help her provide a nutritious Thanksgiving meal for her family was inspiring for myself and all of the other participants in the class!
AmeriCorps has changed my perspective on everything that I do and I also see it change the lives of all our participants. Some have said that they are reducing the amount of waste in their kitchen, saving money while shopping, and even so far as to seeing positive changes in their blood pressure after taking the class. I love that what we are doing impacts the community in so many different ways.