Ashlyn is a native of Franklin, Tennessee, and a senior Haslam Scholar at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is designing an interdisciplinary major titled “Food Security and Public Health Nutrition” with minors in Spanish and International Agriculture. As a food justice advocate, her passion for anti-hunger work manifests on the local and federal level, with an emphasis on building sustainable food systems and policy infrastructure in the U.S. South. Ashlyn is the President of the Student Basic Needs Coalition, leads community cooking classes for elementary youth, and is an active leader in addressing college student food insecurity through SNAP advocacy and research. This summer, she is interning with Operation Food Search in St. Louis, Missouri, to lead the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and emergency food distribution. She plans to learn about the charitable food system and ways to equitably address food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19.
Field placement: Operation Food Search
St. Louis, Missouri