Drake Turner

Food Security Advocacy Manager

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As Food Security Advocacy Manager at Hunger Free Vermont, Drake works extensively to enhance and integrate policies, procedures, and overall systems for the programs that feed Vermont’s individuals, families and seniors (3SquaresVT, WIC, home delivered meals and congregate meals) in conjunction with the broader safety net, with targeted strategies to ensure access for vulnerable populations such as seniors, New Americans, and working families with young children. Drake works closely with Vermont’s Department for Children and Families and Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, local advocates, and community groups across Vermont to improve access to and participation in key programs, most especially 3SquaresVT, the largest nutrition program in the state. Prior to joining Hunger Free Vermont, Drake researched sustainable food systems, watershed governance, and food systems planning with the James M. Jeffords Policy Research Center and the Complex Governance Research Group at the University of Vermont. Drake received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont. She is so grateful to be part of such a hard-working, passionate, and supportive team dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont.