Alex is a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Computer Science. Alex plays saxophone in his school’s Marching Band, The Mighty Sound of Maryland, and is also a part of the Gamer Symphonic Orchestra, bringing free video games music to the community. He is involved with CIVICUS, which is a living and learning program on campus that engages its members into the ideals of living in a civil society that links student learning to actions and activities outside the classroom. Alex heard about Food Recovery Network through CIVCUS and the dining halls on campus and frequently serves with the UMD chapter.
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Originally from the D.C. suburb of Arlington, VA, Kayla Thompson is a junior at the University of Mary Washington, studying Political Science with a minor in Economics. Kayla has been her chapter's co-leader since Spring 2016, where she organizes and executes recoveries from the campus's main dining hall kitchen. During her time as an intern at FRN, Kayla looks forward to working more the FRN in the fight against food waste and hunger in the United States.
In addition to being a co-leader of her school's FRN chapter, Kayla is also a member of UMW's COAR Council, and Women of Color organizations. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys hiking, visiting art museums, and trying new foods and restaurants in the D.C. area.
Tori Wong's love of food and desire to speak up for those without a voice both began at a young age and converge this summer in her role as FRN’s GIS mapping and data intern. She has been lucky enough to travel and live in many places across the country and around the world and loves learning about the food systems in the new places she visits. Her favorite experience so far was managing an organic farm where she helped produce Kona coffee on the high elevation and volcanic soils of Hawaii. Tori is a second year master's student studying agriculture, food, and the environment at Tufts and is pumped to be joining the Food Recovery Network team at such an exciting time in their story!
Louisa is a rising junior at Tufts University majoring in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food Systems and Nutrition. Louisa has been passionate about the issue of food waste since high school when she conducted research on the Massachusetts Landfill Ban and anaerobic digestion on Deer Island near her hometown of Newton, MA. At school she volunteers for the Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative and works as an Eco- Representative to help bring sustainable living and zero-waste practices to campus. Louisa is thrilled to join the FRN team this summer in order to take an active role in reducing food waste and alleviating food insecurity. Other than all things food related, Louisa’s interests include animals, human evolution, travelling, and dancing.