Mariana Chilton Speaks at Libraries ScholarSip Event

Mariana Chilton Speaks at Libraries ScholarSip Event
Jenny James Lee
June 24, 2013

Preventing hunger was the focus of the Libraries sixth ScholarSip event as Mariana Chilton, Ph.D. presented on her research and work with the Center for Hunger Free-Communities. Through the center’s Witnesses to Hunger program, Chilton has worked with women in numerous communities to collect photographs documenting hunger and poverty in Philadelphia, Boston, Camden, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore.

During her presentation Chilton noted that almost half of the families with children in PA’s first congressional district know food insecurity and that in 2007 12.4 million children lived in homes that were food insecure. Mariana Chilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of public health at the Drexel University School of Public Health. She is the director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and co-principal investigator of Children’s Healthwatch. Chilton has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of child nutrition programs and other anti-poverty policies.

About ScholarSip
ScholarSip is hosted by Drexel University Libraries with guidance from a faculty planning committee. Since 2012, faculty and professional staff from across campus have attended the forum and all schools, colleges and many departments have been represented. Ideas for the "food for thought" presentation are welcome. To join the ScholarSip mailing list contact Jenny James Lee at or 215-571-4095.

About the Center for Hunger-Free Communities
The Center for Hunger-Free Communities works with partners from public and private organizations, universities and the community to: find science-based solutions to hunger and economic insecurity; report on and monitor the health consequences of poverty and hunger; engage those who have experienced poverty as full partners in developing research and policies that work; establish and support opportunities for an on-going national dialogue on poverty.