The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Creating Community: How food brings people together
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Columbus, OH

Creating Community: How food brings people together

Enriching lives through access to healthy food

Food has the power to connect people and create community. In honor of World Food Day, students from Best Food Forward, a campus organization, will talk about the unique ways that food has brought people together and what the Ohio State community is doing to improve access to healthy food. Join us to learn more about how food not only nourishes our bodies but also our souls.

In addition to in-person, we are excited to offer this event virtually. You may register for the live stream session to get access to watch a recording of the event from your tablet or computer. When registering, please select either “In-person” or “Live stream."

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

11:30 a.m. Registration and lunch
Noon to 1 p.m. Program

Fawcett Event Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Directions | Parking


$12.50 per person includes lunch
Live-stream service is complimentary

About Best Food Forward:

Best Food Forward was created at The Ohio State University with the goal of enriching lives through increasing accessibility of healthy produce.

To meet this goal, Best Food Forward built the area's first food bulk-buying club, where members pre-order massive amounts of produce and spread it out amongst each other. This results in an average of 50% savings compared to a normal grocery store, and promotes community involvement.

Best Food Forward is working to expand their impact beyond Ohio State in order to enrich communities nationally by providing them access to healthy, cheap produce.

Featured Speaker

Christina Allen is a third year Human Nutrition and International Studies double major with a French minor. She is the co-President of Best Food Forward. She is from Burke, Virginia, but has had the privilege of interning in Kenya and Iowa where she saw the substantial impact of food in people’s everyday lives.

Allison Swanka is a fourth year environmental science undergraduate specializing in soil science and sustainability, and is writing her honors research thesis under Dr. Rattan Lal. She currently serves as co-President of Best Food Forward, overseeing the organization’s communications, marketing, and event planning. She also works at Ohio State’s Chadwick Arboretum. After graduation in the spring, she is considering working in environmental consulting or policy, and possibly continuing on to graduate school.

Sophia Gielink is a fifth year Food Engineering student with a focus in bioconversion and entomophagy. She currently leads the Nutrition and Education committee of Best Food Forward, which aims to help members integrate fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets on a regular basis. Outside of the classroom, you can find Sophia rock climbing and biking, or cooking up delicious plant-based food!

About Buckeye Smart

Buckeye Smart: Central Ohio Speaker Series is a lunch-and-learn experience hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Let Ohio State’s experts teach you about the university’s latest research, newest innovations and best-kept secrets!

Be sure to save the date for our upcoming Buckeye Smart presentations:

November 12, 2019
December 10, 2019
January 14, 2019


In-person Live stream
You may also call the alumni association at 800-762-5646 to register.


Please contact the alumni association at or 800-762-5646.