Adriene Worthington

Fighting Food Insecurity With Adriene Worthington '06

Did a particular experience or person inspire you to pursue your career in nutrition?

I had just moved to Boston and was working as a cook. I was on the fence about going back to school  to finish my degree. My sister was the one who really gave me the kick I needed to start the process and become a Dix Scholar!

Tell us about your role at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

The food bank has about 550 member agencies (pantries, meal programs) and over 70 direct service programs (mobile markets, senior distributions). My team is responsible for providing nutrition education to agencies and clients, teaching food safety classes, ensuring the GBFB is prepared for external food safety audits, SNAP application assistance and advocacy, and working with our agencies on ordering, shipping and reporting assistance. We manage an online recipe database and blog, Click ‘N Cook, and this year we created the first formal Nutrition Policy that will drive food acquisition towards higher percentages of healthy foods.

What's your favorite aspect of working for the GBFB?

There’s always something different to do! My team isn’t isolated; we get to work with every department across the organization and participate in community hunger and advocacy meetings. 

Tell us about your continued involvement with Simmons. 

We precept Simmons Dietetic Interns and provide fieldwork hours for Advanced Community Nutrition students. I guest lecture for Community Nutrition when asked. It’s important to expose future nutrition professionals to roles in the food insecurity sector, there’s a lot of opportunity and it isn’t something many people know about. 

Do you have any advice for students?

If you don’t know what area of the field you want to work in yet, that’s okay; careers take shape over time. Accepting positions and volunteer opportunities (no matter how small or part-time) can help you to narrow down your interests.

Are there any faculty members that impacted your time at Simmons?

I originally intended to take my degree and pursue graduate work in food science. Dr. Teresa Fung, my advisor, sat me down one day and laid out all of the reasons why taking one extra class would be the best choice as becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) would open doors for me. She is a persuasive person, because I did just that and haven’t looked back. And, yes, the RD has definitely opened doors!

Read More

Alumnae/i and Friends


Nov

28

Fighting Food Insecurity With Adriene Worthington '06
We caught up with Adriene about her work with the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Nov

21

Making An Impact: Alumna Builds Community Library In Haiti
We caught up with Cherie Miot Abbanat '90 about her decision to build a library in Haiti, and her mission to empower women.

Nov

1

Alumni Share: Advice to STEM Students
Our alumnae/i share their expert tips on navigating the field of STEM.

Oct

5

Zenaida Peterson ’15 Advocates For Marginalized Communities
We talked with Zenaida about her work in organizing a local slam poetry tournament and being an activist for her community.

Sep

14

Children's Literature Alum Brings History into Print
Rea Berg '06GS republishes Mitsumasa Anno's out-of-print books

Sep

13

Brenda Sanya '11GS Researches Citizenship, Immigration, and Education
Brenda’s scholarly work and teaching benefit from the interdisciplinary approaches she learned in the GCS program.

Aug

18

Management Online Students Share: What Makes Simmons Special
We asked students to share what they love about our online management programs!

Aug

10

Heather Philben '15DPT: Enjoy Your Simmons Experience
We caught up with Heather about her work as a Physical Therapist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center!

Aug

9

Simmons Alumnus Launches Organization to Empower Fathers
We caught up Charles Daniels '12MSW about founding Fathers' Uplift!

Jun

12

Rama Srinivasan ’10GS Pursued Interests in Gender, Sexuality and Law
Rama reflects on how reading and engaging with critical theory in GCS helped her to navigate her PhD in Anthropology.