Given a second chance, Ashley Carlton ’12 graduated with honors from Appalachian’s classroom-based distance learning elementary education program and is now an award-winning fifth-grade science teacher.
Almost two-thirds of Appalachian students experience food insecurity, according to a recent survey, and many Watauga County residents struggle with food and shelter issues. This series examines the people and initiatives working to alleviate hunger in the High Country.
By pairing leftover food items donated to the Hunger and Health Coalition with the freshly prepared entrees, senior nutrition and foods majors in Appalachian’s Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management offer hot, “Grab and Go” meals for local residents in need.
A food insecurity and homelessness survey conducted by Appalachian professor Jeffrey Bortz found 62 percent of Appalachian students experienced some aspect of food insecurity in the 2017–18 academic year.
Appalachian’s food pantry and free store, located on the ground floor of East Hall in the Office of Sustainability, provide personal care and food items for all Appalachian Community members in their time of need.
Appalachian alum Shohei Tsutsumi, of Osaka, Japan, exceled in the university’s Appalachian studies graduate program — receiving scholarships for studies on local music traditions, winning prizes at old-time music contests and more.
In addition to beer and wine, Appalachian’s fermentation sciences degree program focuses on biofuels, fermented foods and distillation — an expanded focus providing students a wide range of career opportunities.