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By Brian, Eat Good Bowls

The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brings together a group of 10 faculty from multiple departments across UNC’s campus over a two-year period. Thorp Scholars participate in a variety of experience-based community events with the goal of engaging in scholarship and meeting colleagues from other disciplines to enhance their own engaged scholarship projects. Each semester scholars participate in activities that include travel for field visits and all-day workshops to learn about ongoing projects and meet with community partners.

On Nov. 17, 2023, Good Bowls founder and Director of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dr. Alice Ammerman, hosted  Class IX of the Thorp program.  Good Bowls focuses on nutrition, the local food system, and food insecurity.  So, for the fall semester program Alice scheduled time at CORA, the local food pantry, to participate in a food distribution and later took the group to one of Good Bowls’ production kitchens, 39 West, where Good Bowls produces many of the meals used for the Medicaid Healthy Opportunities Pilot (HOP).

To read the full story and learn about the scholars’ field visit, visit the Eat Good Bowls story experience.

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