The number of students on college campuses who don’t have enough to eat and who regularly experience food insecurities is rising.
In this episode, Natalie Nation, a Masters of Public Health student and food justice advocate talks about her experience with the Food Shelf on her own campus and the nation’s increasing need for this free resource, that food insecurity falls on a huge spectrum and applies to anyone with a lack of safe, reliable access to adequate amounts of nutritious food, and how one of her most important roles as advocate is to create spaces for people who have experiences with food insecurity to share their stories where they might not have previously felt comfortable or felt safe to do so.
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Natalie Nation is a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota. She previously completed her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from St. Catherine University. Health promotion and education, particularly for children, teenagers, and young adults, is one of Natalie’s biggest interests. She enjoys producing her podcast and YouTube channel, Feed That Nation, as a space to discuss health, nutrition, and college life in a way that is both educational and entertaining. In her near non-existant spare time, Natalie enjoys cooking, photography, gardening, and going on adventures. She lives in the Minneapolis area with her husband, Paul, and their many, many houseplants.