Erin McKee VanSlooten joined IATP in 2010. Her current projects focus on Farm to School and Farm to Early Care, getting fresh healthy produce from our local growers into school and early care meals, as well as testing and promoting curricula and educational models that encourage food literacy as children make the connection between those locally grown foods and the farmers who produce them. She is also working with a broad coalition of stakeholders to push forward state-level policy to support Farm to School and Early Care in Minnesota.
Erin especially enjoys working with partners to advance the farm to institution cause both locally and nationally, and is a member of the MN Farm to School Leadership Team, the MN Child Nutrition Advisory Group, the School Food FOCUS Upper Midwest Learning Lab, and the National Farm to Preschool Subcommittee, and a co-leader of the MN Farm to Childcare Coalition.
Erin holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy, English literature and Asian studies from St. Olaf College and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs Program at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.