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Chelsea Graves, Dining Services Student Farm Manager, Interdisciplinary Studies Major, at Virginia Tech Kentland Farms


Diana Manee



Diana works for Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) in Asheville, NC. She guides groups of
employed youth in various community-based projects they decide on. Recently they have been
working to integrate healthy food into a corner store in a community within walking distance to
several public housing communities that do not have easy access to a grocery store. She
holds corner storeowners in high regards for the struggles it actually takes to run a viable
business, and recognizes the challenges of transitioning to incorporate healthy food. Diana
sees policy work as the driving force for food system change. She believes in the potential of
youth in affecting their communities.

Here is a link to Diana’s full narrative:¬†Diana Manee

Keywords: North Carolina, youth, healthy corner store, food policy

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