Debra Eschmeyer

Debra Eschmeyer

Debra Eschmeyer is Co-founder and Partnerships and Policy Director of FoodCorps. Ms. Eschmeyer oversees the strategy development, policy, and partnerships of FoodCorps, a national non-profit that seeks to reverse childhood obesity and food insecurity by increasing children's knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food. The centerpiece of FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps public service Farm-to-School program that recruits emerging leaders for a year of service in high-obesity, limited-resource communities of need. She is a recipient of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in recognition of her school food reform efforts as a Kellogg Food & Community Fellow and as the Communications and Outreach Director of the National Farm-to-School Network. Ms. Eschmeyer was an editor for Food Justice, a contributor to the documentary “Lunch Line,” author of several publications, and creator of campaigns and films to better connect federal nutrition programs with local agriculture. In addition to her work with FoodCorp, Ms. Eschmeyer is an organic fruit and vegetable farmer. She is based on her fifth-generation family farm in Ohio, Harvest Sun, where she manages 22 acres of organic fruits and vegetables. (New Knoxville, OH)