Farm to ECE is a movement to increase healthy and sustainable dietary practices during early childcare years (0-5yrs) by providing access to healthy food options and nutritional education to Head Start and early childcare centers. Wellspot Louisiana, along with New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) and the Policy Equity Group in Washington DC, are working to introduce and increase Farm to ECE in Louisiana.


Working Group Members

Antinea Johnson, WellSpot, Early Childhood Manager

Elisa Munoz, New Orleans Food Policy Action Council, Executive Director

Brynn Comeaux, New Orleans Food Policy Action Council, Program Manager

Megan Knapp, Tulane PRC, Associate Director

Soumya Bhat, Policy Equity Group, DC- Louisiana TA provider

Emmy O'Dwyer, Louisiana Department of Education

Tamika Porter, Southern Department of Agriculture

Tonya Harden, Department of Education, Family Childhood Provider Support

Shannan Smith, Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Licensing

Cindy George, Children's Coalition, Farm to ECE Nutrition Coordinator

Amy Clancy, Children's Coalition, Director of Early Childcare Connections

Michelle DeMeulenaere, Louisiana Department of Education, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Ashley Hebert, American Heart Association


Next Meeting: April 6, 2021 2PM-3PM

Notes from the last meeting can be found here.

If you are interested in joining our group, please reach out to

Our work is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Humana Foundation.