Registered Dietician and Director, Cornell Farm to School Program
Ithaca, New York
Jennifer Wilkins directs the Cornell Farm to School Program, which provides information, analysis and technical assistance to K-12 public schools and colleges and universities in the state of New York. The goals of this work are to foster shifts in food procurement toward local producers, educate students of all ages about the local food and agriculture system, and develop economically viable markets for farmers. Since 1993, Jennifer has held the position of senior extension associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where her extension and applied research program focuses on consumer issues related to community food systems. Jennifer initiated the Cornell Farm to School Program, for which she received a Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Community Nutrition in 2003. She also conceptualized and developed the first regional good guide in the United States, the Northeast Regional Food Guide. Jennifer is the immediate past president of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, and has served on the board of Directors for the Society for Nutrition Education. Prior to coming to Cornell, Jennifer worked as a clinical dietitian in Seattle, Washington. As an active member of the Washington State Food and Nutrition Council in the 1980s, she organized the Sustainable Food Systems Committee.