Agriculture and Sustainability

FNCE 2018

158. Exploring the Dietitian’s Role in Farm to School and Community Food Systems

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Over the past 20 years, schools across the nation have embraced farm to school efforts. The farm to school movement has grown from a handful of schools in the late 1990s to more than 42,000 schools in all 50 states in 2014. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) oversees the federal Farm to School Program and national objectives, while local efforts are implemented at the district level and throughout schools. This session will introduce nutrition professionals to farm to school practices that enhance community food systems and strengthen federal child nutrition programs. A program analyst from the OCFS will provide insight on the dietitian’s role at integrating farm to school concepts at the national level, focusing on partnerships, training and technical assistance, and research; and a district dietitian will share his experience implementing farm to school operations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4080 - Government-funded Food and Nutrition Programs
  • 8110 - School food service
  • 8018 - Environmental, agricultural, technological influences on food systems

Janell Walker, MPH, RDN

Janell Walker is a registered dietitian and native of the Washington, DC area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Janell works as a Program Analyst for the USDA Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) where she assists with the Farm to School Grant Program, manages external communications for OCFS and, helps to integrate farm to school concepts into the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In 2015, Janell was named one of ‘Fifty under Fifty DC Food Heroes’.

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Erin Hysom, MPH, RDN

Erin Kennedy Hysom is a public health dietitian with over ten years’ experience in food access and child nutrition programming. Erin currently serves as a Program Analyst for the USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems, where she promotes local food procurement strategies, integrates farm to school principles throughout federal summer meal programs, and oversees the administration of the Farm to School Census. In her spare time, Erin collaborates on program development, research, and evaluation for Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures, an obesity-centered home visitation curriculum for pediatric residents at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation presented Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures the 2017 Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education for being the most innovative program for current health professionals.

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Scott Schuster, RDN, LDN

As Nutrition Outreach Specialist for Colonial School District in New Castle DE, Scott oversees federal nutrition programs that provide access to nutritious meals for children and adults outside of the traditional school day. These programs include the Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program’s at-risk afterschool meal program and the district’s Farm-to-School program, which includes six school-based gardens and William Penn High School’s student run 7-acre production farm. Scott is a Registered Dietitian and a graduate of the University of Delaware. His professional career started in various roles at the Food Bank of Delaware over the course of three years as Volunteer and SNAP Outreach Coordinator as well as Community Nutrition Educator where he assisted and educated low-income individuals in New Castle County about federal assistance programs and the benefits of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet.

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Janell Walker, MPH, RDN

Janell Walker is a registered dietitian and native of the Washington, DC area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Janell works as a Program Analyst for the USDA Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) where she assists with the Farm to School Grant Program, manages external communications for OCFS and, helps to integrate farm to school concepts into the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In 2015, Janell was named one of ‘Fifty under Fifty DC Food Heroes’.

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