Food Studies

  • Allie Cook working as a Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition at Healthy Acadia in Washington County, Maine.

Allie Cook


Environmental Studies


Food Studies and Biology

Current Position

Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator


Healthy Acadia in Washington County, Maine

Impact of Ursinus

For Allie Cook, the Ursinus Food Studies minor truly prepared her for life after college. Allie chose to attend Ursinus because of the College’s farm and the hands-on learning about food production the farm would provide. The Food Studies minor provided Allie with this knowledge and so much more! As an Environmental Studies major and Food Studies minor, she was able to get an in-depth look at the entire food system, focusing on ecological and social dynamics. The wide range of classes provided the flexibility to craft her learning around her specific interests. Allie even studied abroad in Australia, where she learned about the country’s geography, climate, and food systems through GIS mapping.

As she explains, “No matter what you decide to do after Ursinus, this minor will teach you how to think critically. Plus, the applied learning experience provides a great opportunity for hands on field experiences. I have used countless skills from Food Studies courses in my time as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member and in my current position as a Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator.”

Check out one of Allie’s Maine SNAP-Ed education lessons here. This video is from the Pick A Better Snack Curriculum which she teaches to Kindergarten - 3rd graders all throughout Washington County, Maine.