Food Security Advisory Committee
We believe that individuals participating in our programs and community members interested in improving food security and farm and ranch viability should have the opportunity to provide feedback and become leaders in our work. With these values in mind, we invite community members to participate in our Food Security Advisory Committee (FSAC) to help inform our current work, and to build the leadership capacity for the future of farming, ranching, and food access in Central Oregon.
To provide input on our food access programs and specific projects, and to help guide our efforts to create equity in food access – access for everyone regardless of income – in Central Oregon. The committee is composed of volunteers from the Central Oregon community, including program beneficiaries, food security organizations, and HDFFA board and staff.
Community Food Access Manager
About the Committee
The Committee was founded in November 2021 as a way for HDFFA to receive direct feedback from food access partners and program participants, and elevate their voices. We know that in order to improve our programs that benefit the community, we also need to include the community in our process and decision making.
Committee members have a working knowledge of the organization’s mission, programs, and goals and commit to a one-year term starting in November with meetings occurring six times per year.
If you’re interested in joining HDFFA’s Food Security Advisory Committee, please fill out our interest form here: Food Security Advisory Committee Interest Form
Abby Kellner-Rode Community Volunteer at The Giving Plate
Elizabeth Pervish Previous Program Particpant
Gwen Bartonek Central Oregon Locavore
Janae McMaster Warehouse Master at The Giving Plate
Jasmine Barnett Previous Program Participant
Jim Wengler Hunger Free America
Kristi Hiaasen Crook County On The Move, Community Volunteer
Mandee Seeley Homeless Leadership Coalition Board
Spencer Williams Local Farmer
Abigail Gustke, HDFFA Community Food Access Manager – Committee Chair
Louise Shirley, HDFFA Program Director – Participant
Emily Ralston, HDFFA Rural Food Security Coordinator – Participant
Shellie Honsinger Davis