NEWS BITE: Announcing the 2014 IFIC Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Recipient: Katherine Olender

The IFIC Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was established as a tribute to the former International Food Information Council and Foundation President & CEO, Sylvia B. Rowe, to foster strong communication skills in promising nutrition and food safety students, giving them knowledge and tools that they can apply in their future careers.

The IFIC Foundation is honored to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship is Katherine “Kate” Olender, a MS/MPH candidate in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition at Tufts University. Olender graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 2005 with a BS in Agriculture and Natural Resource Communication, with specializations in Environmental Economics and Environmental Studies. 

Prior to beginning her graduate degree, Olender worked for four years at The Food Trust in Philadelphia, PA, a community outreach and education nonprofit. There, she worked on the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, which encourages community corner stores to offer healthful foods and provide nutrition education to customers. She also implemented nutrition education programming in local K-8 grade schools. Kate and her team have been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama, Good Morning America, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She also interned for the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, DC while continuing her studies.

Olender’s career goals include leveraging her public health education and previous experience with nonprofits in underserved communities to brige the gap between different sectors of the food system in order to make healthful foods more accessible and affordable to everyone. These goals and more make her the ideal Sylvia Rowe Fellow, and the IFIC Foundation looks forward to her contributions this summer.