Local Food Ambassador Program

What is the LFA Program?

The Local Food Ambassador (LFA) Program promotes local foods on university and college campuses and provides training for students to more deeply engage with the food system. Local Food programming at universities encourages strong, resilient, local food systems; supports healthy lifestyles; builds economies and creates jobs; connects communities; increases food security and access; and supports sustainable farming practices. 

The purpose of the Local Food Ambassador (LFA) Program is to:

- encourage local foods education and outreach on university campuses

- engage the student body through events and media promotion

- support local foods in alignment with the campus sustainability mission

- connect teams of university, farmer, and community advocates

- provide resources for food service organizations

- mentor future leaders in understanding community-based food systems.

Connecting campus, food, and community


The LFA Program offers year-long paid employment to student Ambassadors. The students gain direct campaign experience; new food system professional networks; and a toolbox of relevant non-profit, food movement, and grassroots organizing skills.

The LFA Program offers year-long paid employment to student Ambassadors. The students gain direct campaign experience; new food system professional networks; and a toolbox of relevant non-profit, food movement, and grassroots organizing skills.

The Local Food Ambassador Program is a collaboration with 6 partner universities:

            • Elizabeth City State University                                           • North Carolina Central University

            • Fayetteville State University                                               • University of North Carolina at Pembroke

            • Winston Salem State University                                        • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


These six schools are publicly-funded Historically Black or American Indian Institutions that are part of the of University of North Carolina School System. These schools were chosen intentionally to:

            • Center the NC 10% Campaign’s university-based local foods work in communities that are adversely affected by inequities in                the food system

            • Connect with and magnify existing community-based programs that support resilience to these structural inequities

            • Support a more inclusive and equitable approach to engaging students to become future food system leaders committed to                food access for all.


Erica Acheampomaa  - Elizabeth City State University

Biology Major, Public Health Minor

Even as a sophomore, Erica already knows that she wants to be a public health advocate and mentor for young children. Her goal is to help students eat healthy on and off campus.

FB: @ECSULocalFoods, IG: vikinglocalfoods

Bryana Exum  - Fayetteville State University

Healthcare Administration Major

Bryana is a junior who has experience working in Campus Dining and is interested in further developing her leadership skills while bringing awareness to local food issues on her campus.

FB: @FSULocalFoods , IG: broncolocalfoods

Lauren Brown  - North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University 

Agribusiness Major

Lauren is a sophomore interested in making change through student-led initiatives and by connecting the wealth of resources across various university departments with local farmers in the community.

FB: @AggieLocalFoods, IG: aggielocalfoods, TW: @StudentAmbassa4

Brooke Smith  - North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University 

Biological Engineering Major

As a junior, Brooke believes that education can empower a community and that A&T’s campus can help increase healthy and sustainable options in Greensboro and across the state.

FB: @AggieLocalFoods, IG: aggielocalfoods, TW: @StudentAmbassa4       

Tiffany West  - North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University 

undeclared major

Tiffany is a 2nd semester freshman and Greensboro native who is interested in psychology, sociology, and culinary arts. She hopes her work with the LFA program can address food insecurity and equity in the food system.

FB: @AggieLocalFoods, IG: aggielocalfoods, TW: @StudentAmbassa4

Tenisha McLean  - University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Biology Major, Math Minor

Tenisha is a senior, a Greener Coalition officer, peer tutor, and a returning Local Food Ambassador.She hopes to continue to connect the campus and dining services with area farmers through events and educational opportunities.

FB: @UNCPLocalFoods, IG: greenerco_uncp

Meet some of our previous Local Food Ambassadors: 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

Read Blog Post: Local Food Ambassadors Gain Food Systems and Leadership Skills (Sept 2017)



Meet the farmers and the Cooperative Extension agents who have been working on Farm-to-University Programming in North Carolina through these photos, interviews, and video profiles!






This packet can guide campuses on how to build a local food program around a paid student organizer and educator that works with a campus-based team and establishes relationships between farmers and food service providers. The packet includes introductory materials on the structure of the LFA program, the partners involved, the expectations of the student Ambassadors, the role of their supportive team members, and helpful resources for local food outreach and education. 



For more information on the Local Food Ambassador Program, please see our brochure.

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Support for the LFA Program is provided by:

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Please consider supporting the Local Food Ambassador Program with a tax-deductible gift.

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