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Theme: Sustainability - A Conversation with Maureen McCoy, Sr Lecturer, Arizona State University

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November 10, 2021
Santa Barbara, California
United States

We live in a nation with more than enough food, but the numbers of hungry people continue to rise, with some of the greatest jumps in the college student population. The government supports food programs in preschool through high school, but as soon as a student steps onto a college campus, in which they are paying for school for perhaps the first time, they are also needing to figure out sourcing of food amongst many other expenses. Unfortunately, food is the last thing a student may focus on after paying for rent, tuition and books. This lack of healthy food, then leads to a student without the brainpower to get through their studies and can lead to the difficult decision of dropping out. We can do better.

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Maureen McCoy

MS, RD. Senior Lecturer of Nutrition at Arizona State University
Maureen is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU). Here, she is the Degree Director for the Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. She also co-leads the Health Policy and Equity Affinity Network, seeking external funding for research projects and publishing articles in health affairs blogs. One of her true passions is serving as the faculty advisor for the Pitchfork Pantry (food pantry for ASU students). With this group, she works with external partners to bring food and resources closer to campus for students who lack transportation and money to purchase these items. She is also a co-lead of the Metabolic Health Translational Team, connecting students to community projects and a member of the Experiential Learning Affinity Network, also finding opportunities for students. Her research interests include child and school nutrition, health policy and equity, and food insecurity.

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Santa Barbara, CA, United States