We've all heard the scary stats. This is the first generation of children that may not outlive their parents; one in three American kids is overweight or obese; one in three born in the last decade is on a path toward Type II diabetes. Among minorities, these probabilities increase to one in two. These trends are pretty terrifying. But there are heartening trends too. This generation is paying way more attention to what they eat. This generation wants to improve access to good, honest food. So it's really about time that a national program like FoodCorps, part of the AmeriCorps network, exists.
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Given all the negative light that's been shed on school lunches, it's great to see FoodCorps come along. The program, which launched today, is sort of an "AmeriCorps of food." In fact, FoodCorps, whose founders began planning its future this week, operates under the aegis of AmeriCorps.