A Sabbatical for Hunger Relief

Dr. Nancy Cotugna, DrPH, RD, a dedicated Food Bank board member and Professor at the University of Delaware, is spending her nine-month teaching sabbatical at the Food Bank developing programs to help provide more avenues for Delawareans in need to seek food assistance.

During her time with us she will write two state plans to develop and implement a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and a Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Delaware is one of only 14 states currently not operating the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

In addition to writing the two state plans, Cotugna will build on the work conducted by our summer interns, Dan Reyes and Nick Rockwell (read more about their work by clicking here), by writing grants for the Community Supported Agriculture Program. Also, she will establish a workplan for the future of the Anti-Hunger Coalition, currently funded by the Delaware Community Foundation.

Dr. Cotugna spent her last teaching sabbatical at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. During that time she successfully brought the SNAP-education program to state of Delaware.

“I’m looking forward to spending time at the Food Bank,” she says. “It will be a nice change of pace and I’m really excited to work on these projects.”

Dr. Cotugna expects the projects to be completed by June 2012.

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