Sunny Young is a healthy food consultant for schools, universities, and communities in North Mississippi. Her passion for good, clean, and fair food arose from a stint on the great island nation of Madagascar while working on a fair trade vanilla plantation. Soon, Sunny’s interest in food policy turned into a passionate career choice.
After graduating Hendrix College in 2009, Sunny moved to Boulder, Colorado to join the Renegade Lunch Lady, Chef Ann Cooper, in her mission to change the way kids eat. After a year-long internship with Chef Ann, Sunny was hired to become a Jill of all Trades- working with the Boulder Valley School District’s School Food Project as well as with Chef Ann’s Food Family Farming Foundation and The Lunch Box website which provides free tools and resources to anyone who needs help changing school food. Three fun and challenging years later, Sunny served as projects coordinator for the Food Family Farming Foundation – running two grants, managing thelunchbox.org, and blogging on healthy food in schools.
She has since moved to the great state of Mississippi (for love) and is heading up the Oxford Public School’s Farm to School Project, the first of its kind in the state. In addition, she is preaching the good word on healthy but delicious foods and listening to the pride and problems related to food in the area.
Sunny (whose real name is Sara) earned her nickname in college when she played on the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team- the Sugar Gliders. She loves: her job, perusing the farmers market, listening to Bob Dylan, eating delicious foods, and swimming in rivers.