Fresh Food for All

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The Fresh Food for All public health nutrition policy team from the Departments of Nutrition and Public Health were chosen unanimously as winners of the 2018 Howard Baker Grand Policy Challenge—a real-world experience that shows students how to engage in civic life and make an impact by using public policy research to solve real issues confronting society.

Under the leadership of Professor Marsha Spence, the team—Chelsea Allison, Marleah Payne, and Marissa Black (Department of Nutrition) and Jennifer Russomanno (Department of Public Health)—presented a policy solution that focused on improving the 2018 WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) redemption rates in Knox County.

Watch the team’s video as well as other teams’ entries at

They were awarded $3,000, which helped produce a new website for the Knox County Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

The website is designed to provide information to participants of the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. It houses information such as the time and location of Knox County farmers’ markets, participating area farmers, transportation options, and what produce is in season in East Tennessee, along with a budget widget and recipes to make with your farmers’ market purchases.

Visit the new site at

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