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NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series: National 4-H Conference Nutrition Security Roundtable Team - Youth Perspectives on Tackling Food and Nutrition Insecurity

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On Tuesday, August 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. EDT, youths will share their perspectives on tackling food and nutrition insecurity with an emphasis on the role of 4-H, which empowers nearly 6 million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. The webinar panelists participated in the 2022 National 4-H Conference (N4HC) this past March, which is the premier youth development opportunity of the USDA. During this conference, each of these team members volunteered to participate in a roundtable focused on providing feedback on the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Nutrition Security efforts. Now known as the N4HC Nutrition Security Roundtable Team, these youths will use this NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar edition to share their insightful thoughts with a wider audience outside of the N4HC attendees. During the webinar discussion time, NIFA staff will share how they are working to integrate this team’s recommendations in their work ahead. Webinar attendees are welcomed to ask questions and provide feedback as NIFA and 4-H work to accelerate progress on tackling food and nutrition insecurity and fostering meaningful opportunities for youth engagement in our efforts.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the live session. If you have any questions or comments, please email LaRachelle Samuel-Smith at


Tuesday, August 23rd at 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET

Intended Audience

NIFA stakeholders including academics, practitioners, and decision makers working to prioritize nutrition security, particularly youth or those interested in positive youth development.


Kate McHale, N4HC College Liaison, Cornell University


  • Abby Frizzell, Arkansas
  • Madeline Hall, Connecticut
  • Krysten Hood, Florida
  • Mindy Moradi, Oregon
  • Sara Newsome, Ohio
  • Logan Pickhinke, Iowa
  • Carrington Robertson, Alabama
  • Claire Turpel, Massachusetts
  • Anita Van, Minnesota

Other Additional N4HC Nutrition Security Team Members

  • Tamiyah Davis, Missouri
  • Leah Szczepanski, Georgia
  • Allyson Aves, Illinois
  • Kacie Clark, Arkansas

Relevant NIFA 4-H and Youth Development Staff

  • Shannon Horrillo, PhD, Division Director for Youth and 4-H
  • Jeff Sallee, PhD, Acting Division Director of Family and Consumer Services
  • Annie Ceccarini, National Program Leader in the Division of Youth and 4-H
  • Maurice Smith, Jr, PhD, National Program Leader in the Division of Community and Education
  • Bonita Williams, PhD, National Program Leader in the Division of Youth and 4-H
  • Christopher Petty, MS, Program Specialist in the Division of Youth, and 4-H
  • Keesha Corbin, MPH, Program Specialist in the Division of Youth, and 4-H
  • Andrea Wikiera, Program Specialist in the Division of Youth and 4-H

Webinar Team

  • Matthew Browning, Public Affairs Specialists
  • Danielle Farley, MS, NIFA Social Science Specialist, Division of Animal Systems, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
  • Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, RDN, NIFA National Science Liaison - Nutrition and Food Safety and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Co-Lead
  • Amber Gellert, MA, NIFA Program Assistant, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community
  • Cassandra Huey, PhD, NIFA Program Specialist, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family and Community and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Executive Coordinator
  • Stephanie Morriss, PhD, NIFA Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Date Analyst
  • Faith Peppers, NIFA Director of Communications
  • LaRachelle Samuel-Smith, PhD, NIFA Internal Communications Manager

Webinar Recording

The video recording, slide deck, and other resources will be provided on the series webpage after the live version and will be emailed to all registered webinar attendees.

Reasonable Accommodations

Closed captioning is generally offered for our webinar series. If you need any additional reasonable accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Sheila Fleischhacker at or 816-266-7859 no later than Monday, August 22nd at 5:00 pm ET. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, could be provided free of charge to limited English proficient and those who require other reasonable accommodation upon request.


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