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Abstract

Commentary on "Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Characteristics and Children's Food Insecurity," by Rachel Kimbro, Justin Denney, and Sarita Panchang.

Author Biography

Marissa Duswalt is a Registered Dietitian at the US Department of Agriculture. As one of twenty scholars chosen by the Madeleine Albright Foundation, she currently serves as a Truman Albright Fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she conducts outreach for the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative to reverse childhood obesity within a generation. As a dietitian, she serves in USDA’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to carry out the President’s goal to end childhood hunger. She works with the nation’s most food insecure populations to increase access to USDA’s nutrition assistance and programs. In 2009, Marissa was selected as a Harry Truman Scholar from Texas for her commitment to public service and her federal legislative policy proposals to address childhood obesity. Her background in community work includes nutrition education, school food service, and culinary science. She earned a BS in Nutrition with Honors and a BA in the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Special Honors in Nutrition. She completed her certification as a Registered Dietitian through UT's Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and was clinically trained at the Seton Network of Hospitals with a specialization in pediatrics.

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Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Characteristics and Children's Food Insecurity by Rachel T. Kimbro, Justin T. Denney, and Sarita Panchang.