Amanda is a regional nutrition leader with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, an Adjunct Faculty member at Appalachian State University, and the Sustainable Food Systems Project Manager with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Previously, she served as the 2016-2019 President of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetics organization, worked with Feeding America’s policy team in Washington DC and was the Director of Community Outreach at the University of Kentucky where she conducted the first study of its kind in evaluating student food and housing security and launched new initiatives at the intersection of agriculture, food security, and health. Trained as a registered dietitian with a Master of Public Health, she believes that healthy communities can be accomplished through promoting access to fresh food from a resilient, local food system.
Caroline is a culinarian by trade but my passion for food expands beyond my professional life. She is the Farm & Food Director for the nonprofit, Carteret Local Food Network, Carteret Health & Food Council. In her free time she teaches cooking classes and organizes Farm to Table dinners in her county.
Shay Merritt is a Charlotte native, graduate of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and a third-generation graduate of North Carolina State University. She joinedLoaves in Fishes in January 2016 after achieving solid experience as both community volunteer and nonprofit professional. She currently serves as amember of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee and the board of directors of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council. She is a former board member of Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Relatives, the Catawba Lands Conservancy and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Shay also spent nine years on staff at the Food Bank in charge of grants and volunteers. Prior to joining the Food Bank, she spent 25+ years in broadcasting management, including WBTV, News 14 Carolina (TWC News) and WCNC. She also currently serves on the Planning Team for the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.
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