Happy to announce the open access publication of two new articles!

The first article (LINK) uses the imagery of acorn squash, a commonly seen vegetable in North American grocery stores and food pantry, to explain the cultural and socio-economic barriers that can often prevent hungry people from access nutritionally dense foods provided by food pantries (or other emergency food assistance programs). I first started talking about the “acorn squash problem” as a way to easily conceptualize these problems for my students. The idea was so well received that I collaborated with my two dietetics faculty friends to publish this commentary article.

The second article (LINK) is the first in a series of articles that carves up, and expands, aspects of my dissertation. This article is part of a long-term collaboration with my dear friend Dr Rachel Emas at Rutgers. In this article, we examine the perceptions of local government officials about local food system development in their regions (greater Dayton, OH and greater Newark, NJ). As part of this work, Rachel and I argue that our findings suggest the need for a “policy intrapreneur” to work within the public sphere towards the advancement of municipal or regional-scale food system development. In our next article, we will analyze which public agencies or governments are best equipped to host the policy intrapreneur.