Food Systems and Hunger Studies
Food Systems and Hunger Studies

Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Team

Dr. Makenzie Barr

Makenzie Barr-Porter, PhD, RD, LD
Assistant Professor
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Director, Undergraduate Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies
859-237-1573 | Website Bio

About Dr. Barr-Porter

Throughout day-to-day life, one thing we all have in common is food, however, what we eat and how much we eat are influenced by numerous factors such as income, hormonal response, neighborhood or genetics. I’m passionate about the health and well-being of Appalachian/rural areas and how we can work to improve access to healthful food in these communities.

As part of your certificate requirements, I will guide you through both DHN 318: Hunger, Food Behavior, and the Environment, and DHN 320: Experiential Learning in Hunger Systems. Both courses dive into issues related to hunger but, in very interesting and different ways!

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

About Dr. Jacobsen

To me, building sustainable community food systems means helping farmers grow nutritious foods, finding market outlets where their work captures value, and making food that is just and fair available to everyone in our community.  If I am not in the classroom, I am probably working with soil or vegetables.

Within the certificate requirements, I teach SAG 210: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Krista Jacobson

Krista Jacobsen, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture
859-257-3921 | Website Bio

Kendra OoNorasak

Kendra Oo, MS, RD, LD
Director of Community Outreach
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
859-218-4912 | Website Bio

About Kendra

Food is never simply a nutrient. It is something that makes us who we are and binds us together. It is an entity in this globalized food system that is interconnected with public health. Sadly, hunger exists in every community – where I am from, an underdeveloped country and where I am now, a well-developed nation – but in its own unique way. I believe that a sustainable food security and well-being of all lives can be achieved through a sustainable food system.

Among the certificate courses, I teach DHN 319: Seminar in Hunger Studies.  As the staff advisor for the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) and the University of Kentucky chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), I also serve as a mentor for DHN 320: Experiential Learning in Hunger Studies.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

About Dr. Stephenson

I am passionate about health and wellness and the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to achieving one’s best self.  I believe that access to enough health food is a human right and that the University of Kentucky and our students, faculty, and staff will continue to serve as leaders in the fight against hunger.

As part of your certificate requirement, I will guide your participation in a volunteer, internship, paid work or study abroad program (fulfilling DHN 320).

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Dr. Tammy Stephenson

Tammy Stephenson, PhD, FAND, RDN, LD
Department Chair
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition 
859-257-2353 | Website Bio

Contact Information

Dr. Makenzie Barr
Certificate Director

212 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-1573