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NIFA’s Nutrition Security Webinar Series

Join USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for its new virtual Nutrition Security Webinar Series. The series will feature speakers across a range of backgrounds and disciplines as they lead discussions about nutrition security during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

NIFA’s Nutrition Security Related Activities

NIFA supports nutrition security, defined as having consistent access, availability, and affordability of foods and beverages that promote well-being and prevent (and if needed, treat) disease, particularly among our nation’s historically underserved communities. Promoting nutrition security is a critical ingredient to containing the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring racial justice and equity, rebuilding the rural economy, addressing the impacts of climate change, providing open markets and fair trade, and reinvigorating a competitive workforce. NIFA has used a variety of formats such as NIFA ListensCalls to Conversation Meeting Series, and Project CAFÉ (Collaboratively Achieving Functional Excellence) to share agency overviews and gather external insights on a range of topics, including food insecurity. Launched in June 2021, NIFA launched its Nutrition Security Webinar Series to shine light on our integrated approach through research, extension and education to promote and elevate nutrition security. We are also using this series to learn from external stakeholders’ work in this area and hear from our webinar attendees how we can further our efforts to tackle food and nutrition insecurity. We invite anyone interested in learning more about NIFA’s efforts in nutrition security to register for upcoming webinars, or view past recordings.

NIFA also supports 17 additional programs that help promote nutrition security:

A key ingredient to our nutrition security activities is developing and leveraging a diverse, interdisciplinary workforce through our support of AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, Internship Program, USDA 1890 National Scholars Program, USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Program, USDA NIFA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), among others.

NIFA’s External Engagement Efforts

NIFA has used a variety of formats such as NIFA Listens, Calls to Conversation Meeting Series, and Project CAFÉ (Collaboratively Achieving Functional Excellence) to share agency overviews and gather external insights on a range of topics, including food insecurity.


NIFA launched the series with a June 24 webinar featuring an introduction from NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille. Panelists from the NIFA Nutrition Security Team shared an overview of the agency’s current and future contributions to help accelerate prioritizing nutrition security both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A live Q&A discussion featured questions from an audience of over 200 attendees.
More details will be announced on future NIFA Nutrition Security webinars. We invite anyone interested in learning more about NIFA’s efforts in nutrition security to register for upcoming webinars, or view past recordings:

EFNEP: A Model of Cooperation and Collaboration, Resulting in Improved Nutritional Health and Wellbeing of Families with Limited Financial Resources

July 18th 2022  2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET


  • Dr. Helen Chipman, NIFA National Program Leader for Food and Nutrition Education, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition
  • Dr. Carinthia Cherry, NIFA National EFNEP Coordinator, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition
  • Ms. Shewana McSwain, MS, EFNEP Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina A&T University
  • Ms. Catalina Aragón, MS, Public Health Nutrition Specialist, Washington State University


Event Details

NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series - An App And A Carrot: An Overview Of The Evolution And Impacts Of VeggieBook
June 7th, 2022 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ET


  • Dr. Susan Evans, Research Scientist, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Peter Clarke, Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Southern California


Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program: Overview, Impacts & Opportunities
April 26, 2022

Speakers: Mallory Koenings, Amy Yaroch, Holly A. Parker, Hilary Seligman, & Carmen Byker Shanks

Breakout Room Facilitators: Adrienne Udarbe & Ian Finch

Internships: Perspectives from NIFA Nutrition Security Team Members
March 29, 2022

Speakers:  Ryan Kornegay, Giselle Caceres; Prali ChitnisJodi Williams“Steve” Shoushan Zeng

Honoring and Celebrating Black History Month: The Role of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Other Allied Health Professionals
February 23, 2022

Speakers: Lydia KaumeSara Bleich, Elizabeth Campbell, Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt, Judith Camele Anglin, Angie Tagtow, Alison Brown, Deirdra Chester, Cheryl Jackson-Lewis

Prioritizing Nutrition Security: Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being
January 25, 2022

Speakers: Suzanne StlukaDawn BurtonMike GutterLatoya O’NealRoger Rennekamp, and Erin Yelland

Strengthening Intersections between Climate Change, Food Systems, and Nutrition Security: NIFA's Aims & Activities
October 20, 2021

Speakers: Keesha Corbin (moderator), Robert GodfreyKevin KephartEmma MoranAmy GanguliLydia Kaume, and Megan O’Rourke.

Prioritizing Nutrition Security: Emerging Approaches in Research and Practice
September 27, 2021

Speakers: Sheila Fleischhacker (moderator), Dariush MozaffarianEmily EngelhardJulia CaldwellDipa Shah-PatelKelly Warner, and Angela Odoms-Young.

Prioritizing Nutrition Security: NIFA Elevates Youth and Families
August 31, 2021

Speakers: Cassandra Huey (moderator), Brent ElrodKeith HarrisKeesha CorbinCrystal KyleChristopher PettyJeff SalleeJessica TurnerSydney Turner, and Bonita Williams.

Prioritizing Nutrition Security: NIFA’s Role in Cultivating Future Farmers and Ranchers
July 28, 2021

Speakers: Cassandra Huey (moderator), Desiree Rucker, and Sara Cross, and Mudbone Grown, LLC

NIFA Nutrition Security: An Overview of Current Activities & Aims
June 24, 2021

Speakers: Sheila Fleischhacker (moderator), Carrie Castille, Helen Chipman, Mallory Koenings, Lydia Kaume, Lisa Jahns, and Giselle Caceres.



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