Rudd Center Collaborators

Food Banks

The Rudd Center collaborates with two food banks in Connecticut – Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare -- to promote better nutrition in the charitable food system. Our activities include providing technical assistance to implement scanning technology to track each food that comes into the warehouses and advice about nutrition guidance based on the Dietary Guidelines.

In May 2018, Dr. Katie Martin, the Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Foodshare and Marlene Schwartz were co-authors on a study describing SWAP (Supporting Wellness at Pantries), which was developed to promote nutrition in food pantries.

In June 2018, Katie Martin, Jaime Foster, and Marlene Schwartz were awarded a seed grant from InCHIP to continue working with food pantries in the greater Hartford area to implement SWAP and develop methods to measure whether it influences which items clients select. In addition, Rudd Center post-doctoral fellow, Kristen Cooksey Stowers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Food Bank and Marlene Schwartz serves on the Health & Nutrition Advisory Council of Foodshare.

The Healthy Food Policy Project

The Healthy Food Policy Project, a four-year collaboration of the Rudd Center, the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, and the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, identifies and elevates local laws that seek to promote access to healthy food, and also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. Key components of the project include a searchable database of local municipal laws, case studies, and a food systems policy crosswalk. The project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.