Image of the Tempietto in Kogan Plaza during cherry blossom season

About

During its first year, The Urban Food Task Force (UFTF) focused on identifying ways in which GW might further support scholarship and instruction on food and health issues, sustainable food policies and related issues; provided practical information on and training in healthy eating and food preparation to interested students and the greater GW community; and worked with campus food service providers to develop healthier and more sustainable offerings. Throughout the year, task force members met with deans and senior administrators to keep them abreast of UFTF’s goals and activities.

Learn more about the Urban Food Task Force's first year by reading the full 2010-11 Report.

Mission Statement

The Urban Food Task Force is an initiative of George Washington faculty, students, staff, and volunteers who share an interest in healthy eating, sustainable food production, and food policy. Its mission is to identify and recommend ways in which the university might further support scholarship and instruction on sustainable urban food policies and related issues; provide practical information on, and training in, healthy eating and food preparation to interested students and the greater GW community; and offer healthy and sustainable food choices to students, faculty and staff.

Urban Food Task Force Members, 2012 - 2014
  

Diane Robinson Knapp
Chair

Dawnita Altieri
Co-Chair, Office of the President

Adele Ashkar
Director, Landscape and Design Programs

Matt Banks
Assistant Vice-President, Development & Alumni Relations

Margot Bolon
Graduate Student

Alison Brooks
Professor of Anthropology

Amy Butler
Executive Director, Foundation Relations

Haley Burns
Student

Leo Chalupa
Vice President for Research

Maralee Csellar
Director, Media Relations

Mari-Claire Dart
Student, President of the Food Justice Alliance

Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator

Rob Donis
University Chef

Kirsten Gercke
Partnership Coordinator, Office for Research

Nancy Haaga
Managing Director, Campus Support Services

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History

Marni Karlin
Alumni Member

Miles Milliken
Student, Eco Rep Coordinator

Angela Olson
Media Relations Specialist

Marissa Price
Student

Christina Puchalski
Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences

Kim Robien
Associate Professor, Miliken Institute for Public Health

Jesse Schaffer
Student, Food Justice Alliance

Michelle Suarez
Presidential Administrative Fellow, Office of the President

Contact the Urban Food Task Force directly by emailing gwufoodtaskforce@gmail.com.
 

Spotlight

Apple Crunch Day 2013

Apple Day 2013

The GW community picked up a locally grown, sustainable apple located around campus and on U Yard to celebrate Apple Day.

Food Day 2013

Apple Day 2013

From left to right: Dawnita Altieri, President Knapp, Diane Knapp, Jose Andres and Lilia Smelvoka

Apple Day 2013

Apple Day 2013

Pick up a locally grown, sustainable apple located around campus and on U Yard to celebrate Apple Day.

Proud to be GW festival

Proud to be GW

George and the Urban Food Task Force at the "Proud to be GW" Employee Appreciation Festival

Adele Ashkar

Photo: Expo 1

Professor Adele Ashkar discussing the Solar Decathlon project with student Katherine Berry, CCAS '13

Diane Knapp

Photo: Expo 2

Diane Robinson Knapp, M.S.

The Birds and the Bees: Urban Apiaries and Edible Gardens

Photo: Expo 3

Panelists from The Birds and the Bees: Urban Apiaries and Edible Gardens. From left to right: Dr. Hartmut Doebel, Professor Adele Ashkar, Katherine Berry CCAS '13, Valerie Zweig of VSAG.

Thomas Reed

Photo: Expo 4

Thomas Reed discussing Dr. Michael Compton's research with Dr. Uriyoan Colon-Ramos.

Students at Expo

Photo: Expo 5

Students exploring the Expo's research showcase in Continental Ballroom.

Milken Institute School Graduate Students

Photo: Expo 6

Milken Institute School graduate students presenting research.

Paul Yeck

Photo: Expo 7

Chef Paul Yeck and colleague at Jaleo food demonstration.