University of California Global Food Initiative Names Two FoodCorps Alums to 30 Under 30

The University of California Global Food Initiative addresses a critical issue: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed our world. UC is working to develop solutions to improve food security, health and sustainability locally, nationally and globally.

In that spirit, the 30 Under 30 Awards highlight inspirational young leaders who are making a mark in tackling the global food challenge.

Chris Massa

“Chris Massa began teaching children about food and agriculture in 2013 as a FoodCorps service member in Ventura County, California. There, he started a student-led farm at the University of California Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Over the course of 30 weeks, his program grew more than 2,000 pounds of produce that went to the students’ families, school cafeterias and a local food bank. He now works as a farm to school operations specialist, helping local farmers sell their products to school districts.”

Tim Williams

“Tim Williams currently acts as program manager for Working Landscapes, a rural economic development nonprofit based in Warren County, North Carolina. His work focuses on building farm-to-table supply chains, primarily focusing on an effort called the Chopped Produce Initiative. Through this project, Williams oversees a seed-to-school effort that brings small family farm produce into wholesale markets while at the same time revitalizing the economic function of agricultural processing in downtown Warrenton and providing locally grown, fresh-cut produce to thousands of school students across the region.”

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