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Global Food Initiative

The UC Office of the President established the Global Food Initiative (GFI) and developed a fellowship program to support it. The GFI efforts at UC Merced have been geared toward food security, health, and sustainability. For example, GFI fellow Andrew Zumkehr’s project incorporates evaluating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through local sourcing of food. Marcos Lane, a GFI fellow, is supporting the campus garden and examining the possibilities of product distribution and use in the dining commons.

Some of our fellow's contact information and project descriptions:

Ramiro Gonzalez
Undergraduate -Computer Science

As Ambassador Ramiro Gonzalez serves to help rescue surplus food and redistribute it to community partners on and off campus.They will help harvest fruits and vegtables from various outlets inlcuding, but not limtied to farms, farmers markets, backyards, grocery stores, cafes, restuarants etc. 

Sigry Ortiz Flores
Undergraduate - Biological Sciences

Assis with research and evaluation projects on food access and food resources on campus. Sigry will assist with the organization and analysis of data on participation, awareness, and barriers to utilization of food resources, they will also closely collaborate with the Nutrition Education Fellow and the CalFresh Advocate to synergize efforts and devise data-driven interventions.

Yolanda Medrano
Undergraduate - Applied Math

Development of video series for CalFresh Outreach at Uc Merced and furthermore will advocate CalFresh resources to students (graduate and undergraduate) to help address food insecurity. They will also provide communication assistance and feedback related to application process between students and county representatives.