Bridget is an AmeriCorps VISTA who joined the CFAC team as a Double SNAP Dollar (DSD) Special project assistant. She works closely with Ian and Aly to help increase food access and SNAP programs within Montana communities, as well as assisting with DSD communications and marketing. She will also work with the Beginning Farmer Rancher Team (BFR) to help plan and organize Farmer Field Days as well as Beginning Farmer Rancher Workshops.
Bridget received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She became passionate about nutrition early on because food impacts all aspects of life and plays a prominent role in individual and community health. During a study abroad semester in South Africa, her interest in food access and community nutrition grew as she volunteered in the kitchen unit and community garden. Her interest heightened during her non-profit internship with Open Arms of Minnesota, where she helped prepare and deliver medically tailored meals to clients living with chronic illnesses around the Twin Cities. Witnessing firsthand how food functions as medicine drove her to learn more about sustainable practices. She has since worked on an organic farm and various community gardens. Wanting to pursue a career that incorporates non-profits and addressing food insecurity within communities, she found her way to CFAC as an AmeriCorps VISTA!