Hello! My name is Katie Lay and I am a new AmeriCorps member serving with the Food and Fitness Initiative. I’m originally from Miamisburg, Ohio but I lived in Indiana for four years while I got my degree from Saint Mary’s College in Biology. I’m excited to be based here in Northeast Iowa where there is such a strong community, especially one that is so conscious of food sustainability and security!
My mother taught me to love cooking at an early age and our family has always come together around the supper table. My passion for food grew as I experienced health problems related to my diet. Several food allergies forced me to be a label reader and I was shocked at some of the ingredients I found listed on my favorite foods. I started doing my own research into where my food came from. What I found convinced me to dedicate myself to changing our industrial food system. I think it is important to educate our country about the power they have through their food choices. You can say a lot about who you are and what you care about by what you eat!