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Purpose & Objectives

The purpose of the Cumberland County Food System Alliance is to support a sustainable local food system that promotes economic vitality, increases food security, promotes wellness and advances community resilience in Cumberland County.

Current Objectives:

  1. Foster networking and food systems education
  2. Coordinate local food systems efforts.
  3. Explore food systems collaboration and pooling of resources where appropriate.
  4. Stay apprised of important food systems health and access issues and serve as a repository of relevant data and resources.
  5. Advance food policy and advocacy work.


Learn more about upcoming Cumberland County Food System Alliance events related to our local food systems.


Explore food access and nutrition resources available in Cumberland County and the surrounding area.

Leadership Team

Leadership Council for 2022-2023:

  • Patrick Andrews, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Market Development
  • Heather Bedi, PhD, Dickinson College
  • Laurie Cross, Sadler Health Center
  • Diana Dellinger, United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (Council Chair)
  • Manal El Harrak, MBA, Sadler Health Center
  • Sara Lone Fight, Shippensburg University, Center for Land Use & Sustainability (Project Management Support)
  • Dorlisa Minnick, PhD, MSW, Shippensburg University, Center for Land Use & Sustainability
  • Amy Santarelli, Penn State Extension
  • Bob Weed, Project SHARE (Consultation)
  • Stephanie Williams, Cumberland County Planning Department
  • Emma Witwer, RD, Project SHARE
  • Gail Witwer, Partnership for Better Health

We are in the process of developing work groups and looking to expand our community partners. Please contact us at: [email protected] to learn how you can get involved!