New CCFSA Leadership Council Members
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Andrews and Emma Witwer recently joined the CCFSA Leadership Council.
Patrick Andrews is the Chief of the Agricultural Marketing Division at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, where he supervises the PA Preferred® program; manages the agricultural marketing and research boards; and coordinates statewide farm to school programming and support.
Patrick’s work in Pennsylvania’s food systems began in 2010 when, after 20 years of restaurant management, he decided to open his own Farm to Table restaurant in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. There, he developed a network of local farmers to form his supply chain. Subsequently in 2015, Patrick built a farm to school food hub at the Northern York County School District where he recruited ten school districts to join in making purchases directly from local farmers.
Patrick attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In 2019, he graduated from Penn State’s Rural Urban Leadership Program (RULE). Patrick also holds Food Safety Certifications from USDA’s Produce Safety University, The Food Safety Alliance, and ServSafe.
Emma Witwer is the Nutrition Coordinator at Project SHARE, a food pantry in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for providing nutrition education, implementing SWAP (Supporting Wellness At Pantries) nutrient analysis for the pantry’s inventory and coordinating the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, among other initiatives.
Emma is a Registered Dietitian, earning her B.S. in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology (2015) and completing an accredited dietetic internship from Penn State University (2016). Prior to working at Project SHARE, Emma worked as a corporate wellness dietitian. Born and raised in Ireland, Emma moved to Pennsylvania at age 10. Away from SHARE, Emma can be found hiking, reading or sharing a meal with friends and family.