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Food Security Communications & Education Team


The Food Security Communications and Education team are responsible for effective outreach to different communities across campus to ensure that all students are aware of food security resources. This student focused team utilizes various publicity efforts to reduce stigma in recognizing food insecurity and seeking appropriate action to alleviate such issue within the community. Some of our success include supporting this website, which has over 13,227 visitors in 2017 alone. Another task is weighing in on website changes, such as highlighting several new workshops hosted by the Food Nutrition and Basics Program which resulted in a total of 1,1513 participants across 83 different workshops who too took the time to participate in discussions and take home valuable information to be used in their kitchens, grocery stores, and on-campus dining facilities.


  • Melissa Fontaine, Food Security Coordinator Department of Geography
  • Dani Rodriguez, Marketing Intern Food Nutrition and Basic Skills Program
  • Elaine Lasquety, Marketing Intern UCSB Food Security
  • Emily Hall
  • Jackie Ovalle, Health Education Specialist UCSB Department of Health & Wellness
  • Jewel Snavely, Sustainability Coordinator, The Green Initiative Fund Grant Manager UCSB Sustainability 
  • John Lazarus, Assistant Director UCen Dining
  • Jessica Vera, CalFresh Coordinator Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Katya Armistead, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Student Life UC Santa Barbara
  • Katie Maynard, Sustainability Coordinator Department of Geography
  • Kate Columbus, Outreach Intern UCSB Sustainability
  • Karen Kurpershoek, Student Coordinator Associated Students Foodbank UCSB
  • Mo Lovegreen, Director Campus Sustainability
  • Natalie Hai, Graphic and Web Design Intern UCSB Food Security
  • Olivia Locatelli, Outreach and Community Partnerships Coordinator Greenhouse and Garden Project
  • Rodolfo Herrera, Food Bank Coordinator and Student Engagement Advisor Associated Students UCSB 
  • Sharleen O'Brien, Director Health & Wellness UC Santa Barbara
  • Shelly Leachman, Deputy News Director and Writer Public Affairs & Communications UCSB
  • Stephanie Ramos, ONDAS Student Activities Coordinator Division of Undergraduate Education
  • Tabitha Yuen, Vice Chair Associated Students Foodbank UCSB
  • Thao Phan, Chair Associated Students Foodbank UCSB

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Melissa Fontaine at melissafontaine@ucsb.edu

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