Food Security Advisory Committee

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.

Contact Info
Abigail Gustke
Community Food Access Manager
(541) 610-6046


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

Current Members

  • Abby Kellner-Rode
    Abby Kellner-Rode Community Volunteer at The Giving Plate
  • Elizabeth Pervish Previous Program Particpant
  • Gwen Bartonek
    Gwen Bartonek Central Oregon Locavore
  • Janae McMaster
    Janae McMaster Warehouse Master at The Giving Plate
  • Jasmine Barnett Previous Program Participant
  • Jim Wengler
    Jim Wengler Hunger Free America
  • Kristi Hiaasen
    Kristi Hiaasen Crook County On The Move, Community Volunteer
  • Mandee Seeley Homeless Leadership Coalition Board
  • Spencer Williams
    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

Past Members

Chris Ricci

Meg Mercier

Allison Ramirez

Tess Conely

Nina Agular

Shellie Honsinger Davis

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