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 2012-2014 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

Eddie Richard

Richard’s Fruit Market

Eddie Richard of Richard’s Fruit Market sets up the apple display to prepare for students as they line up for apple day.

 Diane Robinson Knapp

Diane Robinson Knapp

 Diane Robinson Knapp, co-chair of the Urban Food Task Force with granddaughter Claire to celebrate Food Day.

 VP Aristide Collins and Chief of Staff Barbara Porter

VP Aristide Collins and Chief of Staff Barbara Porter

VP Aristide Collins and Chief of Staff Barbara Porter show their support for Apple day/Food Day with the George statue.

University Events team

University Events team

Ociola Newby and The University Events team working and having fun in support of GW’s annual Apple Day tradition.

Chef Rob

Chef Rob Demonstration

Chef Rob’s healthy cooking demonstration at the Deanwood Recreation Center for the UFTF/Rodham pop up produce/health screening event.

Chef Rob Donis with Jennifer Hamilton

Chef Rob Donis with Jennifer Hamilton

 University Chef Rob Donis with Jennifer Hamilton, the Seniors Coordinator at DC Parks & Recreation Department display some of the beautiful produce donated to residents for pop-up event.

Urban Food Task Force

Urban Food Task Force

DC Council Member Yvette Alexander(D-7) with GW student volunteers from Food Justice Alliance, Medical Health Sciences, GW Hospital, Center for Civic Engagement, Rodham Institute and the Urban Food Task Force.