UC Merced’s Blum Center Turns its Focus to Food Security

Under new leadership for UC Merced’s Blum Center for Alleviating Poverty and Social Disparities, the Center will focus its research and programming on food security in the Merced region.

In 2017, Economics Professor Kurt Schnier, and Dr. Karina Diaz Rios — a nutrition specialist in the UC Cooperative Extension, became the new Directors of UC Merced’s Blum Center for Alleviating Poverty and Social Disparities. Under their leadership, the Center aims to become a hub for action and research on food security for both campus and community members.

Student purchases produce on campus at UC Merced. Photo credit: University Communications

Future plans include support for a campus food bank, student research, and faculty research focused on food security issues. This thematic focus resonates with the UC-wide Global Food Initiative efforts, as well as realities in the local region, as the economy of Merced County is strongly rooted in agriculture. For more information on the new direction of the UC Merced Blum Center, please click here.

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