Lillian McEntire

University of Central Arkansas

Lillian McEntire, a second-year student at the University of Central Arkansas, is a student leader spearheading food recovery efforts on campus and in the community. In 2015, she organized a Food Recovery Network chapter at UCA, gathering support from fellow students, campus dining services, and local nonprofit partners. As a food recovery leader, Lillian quickly began both on-campus and inter-campus collaborations to develop sustainable solutions for reducing food waste and addressing food insecurity on campus and in the Conway community. We at UCA are excited to see Lillian's efforts to address an important issue in our state take root and grow for many years to come.

Tom Courtway
President
University of Central Arkansas

Personal Statement

I've become passionate about a number of problems since learning about them in college, including the mistreatment of the environment, women, and African-Americans. I realized that it was possible for me to advance these rights within my community and began to act on that realization. I started a chapter of Food Recovery Network at my college. We take food that would be thrown out, polluting the environment, and donate it to those in need in our community. We also hold drives for donations of perishable foods. I speak to different groups on campus to inform them of the major food insecurity problems we have in Arkansas as well as the effects of food waste. I hope this encourages others to participate in our program or others within the community. By giving tours and speaking to prospective honors students, I also hope to inspire incoming students to be active in our local community. I know that my passion for food insecurity and determination to do something about it will stay with me throughout my academic and professional career as an optometrist.

Lillian McEntire
Biology: Class of 2018
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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