Meet the FoodDignity® Team

Improve access to healthy food for everyone.

Improve access to healthy food for everyone.

Our Team

Meet the team behind the Food Dignity Project

Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RDN, FAND

Founder of the Food Dignity Project

As a registered dietitian, TEDx speaker, international speaker, and author, Clancy Harrison challenges the way food insecurity is approached in the US. Her mission to demolish the stigma around healthy food access places her on the cutting edge of advocacy. 

Clancy is the founder of the Food Dignity® Project, a strategic program for leaders who want to shift how they approach nutrition outreach by making healthy food access a priority. She transforms the lives of thousands of people through her work with corporations, non-profit organizations, and universities. 

Currently, Clancy is an advisory board member for the Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics Food Insecurity EPIC program, Ambassador of the National Dairy Council, and the President of the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry.  Since the onset of COVID-19 Clancy has distributed nearly 1 million meals in her community to improve access to healthy food through effective collaborations. 

You can tune in weekly with Clancy at The Food Dignity® Podcast. 

Nikki Nardell

Author, Speaker, Storyteller

Nikki Nardell’s candor, honesty, raw emotion, and humor make her a sought-after speaker and writer on hunger awareness. She illuminates her personal story of struggle and success with the stigma associated with hunger. Her craft and words shift the mindset of thousands of people by reinvigorating a sense of compassion and social responsibility.

Nikki is a trailblazer for social injustice, classism, food insecurity, and cultural competency. She is a captivating storyteller who’s work can be found on social media publications and websites such as Mommyshorts, The Mighty, ScaryMommy, and the Food Dignity Project.

Nikki resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with her four children and spouse. She spends her free time at the local food pantry as a board member and well-loved volunteer. Nikki not only lifts silent voices through stories but ensures everyone visiting the food pantry feels seen, understood, welcomed, and most importantly- valued with dignity.

Rebecca Garofano

Podcast Image Designer

Rebecca Garofano is a graduate student in Nutrition Science at Syracuse University. After working in nonprofits that focus on environmental health and agriculture research and education, she became interested in nutrition science when reflecting on the way that the kitchen is a site of innovation, spaces where communities are resilient and address agriculture and nutritional needs, particularly in the context of change. After working elsewhere, she is grateful to have returned to the city where she grew up, Syracuse, to pursue her graduate degree and raise her two young children. Rebecca is passionate about equitable and resilient regional food systems, and her thesis research is focused on developing ecological measures to promote integrated frameworks for agroecology and human health.
 
Rebecca started drawing on @veggiedoodlesoup as a way to slowly process things she was learning and to connect with and learn from public health and nutrition professionals that she admires, which is where she connected with The Food Dignity Project. 

Amanda Frankeny, RDN, LDN

Podcast Producer

Amanda Frankeny is the Food Dignity® Project’s Podcast Producer and a registered dietitian. She’s honored to be able to work with this podcast and watch it grow listeners’ understanding of themselves, others, and the voices behind hunger across America.  

Amanda is consultant working on food and nutrition strategy and content creation over various platforms from podcasts, smartphone apps, to online and in-person courses. Her clients range from minority, low-income populations to national health insurance companies.  She is also a contributor to the HuffPost and has co-authored articles for the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. Prior to consulting, she worked with a nutrition education network that combined stakeholder efforts to end poverty across the state of Pennsylvania. 

She currently sits on the Advisory Council for Penn State ProWellness, is a member of the Messiah College Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board and a board member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education.  

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