Meghan McDermott

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Food & Farming Program Director, oversees all of Groundwork's food farming projects. Meghan promotes community food security, strengthens partnerships, and finds more ways to connect classrooms, cafeterias and communities with healthy locally-grown food. 

As a passionate and enthusiastic supporter of efforts to change the global food system, Meghan found her footing in the local food movement through her academic studies and extracurricular activities at Vassar College in upstate New York. She co-founded a campus chapter of Slow Food USA and developed an independent major in food and sustainability studies, setting out to get her hands dirty and dive headfirst into the American food system. After working in cities, fields, eco-education centers and butcher shops, she concluded that the key to the success of the local food movement lies in those that have the most to lose: the next generation.

During two years as a FoodCorps service member with the Groundwork Center, the Chicago native engaged community partners to bring more local food to schools and collaborated with teachers to integrate farm to school lessons into their curriculum. Now on staff at Groundwork, McDermott oversees our Farm to School work (including our FoodCorps program), food access initiatives, farmer support projects and work to connect local food to healthcare and wellness. 

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Last updated July 14, 2017