Emily Makini, Food Recovery Fellow

Description: The UC Global Food Initiative challenges staff, faculty, and students to consider what each of us can do to address food security locally and globally. As part of this effort, UC completed a  Student Food Access and Security Study.  The study found that 19% of UC students who responded to the survey had very low food security and 23% of student respondents had low food security across the UC system as a whole. There are also issues of food security among the greater community in our region. The UCI Food Access & Security team seeks a student to initiate and manage a set of food recovery programs for the UCI campus.

Student Project: The selected fellow will explore possibilities for launching a recovery program for shelf-stable items and perishable items, as well as prepared foods. The fellow will develop relationships with campus partners as well as off campus non-profit organizations and partners. The fellow will develop operational guides with the Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management stakeholders on the campus; prepare a campus food recovery network proposal; secure commitments from key partners; and launch a variety of food recovery efforts. The fellow will also have the opportunity to launch a new program and oversee the implementation of the early stages of the program. The student must be a person who is coalition builder and willing to work through the collaborative decision making process of the University.  Any food recovery efforts designed will need to be based on a commitment to health, safety and risk management.

Emily is a first-year Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning. She would like to bring her social justice lens to the planning process and learn how to better use urban planning as a tool for building more socially equitable cities.  Now her academic goals are to examine how built environment is an important part of the solution to today’s public health crisis, particularly as it relates to food justice. Emily is honored to be part of recreating the University food system and creating an effective awareness campaign that ensures no waste means no loss of opportunity to do good.