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Although still a young professional, Kelly McClelland has proven herself to be an effective and empathetic food systems leader in the city of Flint, where she has served in various capacities since 2017. Currently, Kelly is the Nutrition Program Manager with the Crim Fitness Foundation and her responsibilities include supervising four FoodCorps AmeriCorps members assigned to Flint Community Schools.
FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach hands-on garden-based lessons, sharing with students how fruits and vegetables get from the ground to their plates. They also work within school cafeterias to steer students toward healthier options and get them excited about trying new, healthy foods. AmeriCorps members help the whole school community by sharing food grown in the gardens, creating community garden clubs, and attending school and community events.
Kelly is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to safe, plentiful, and nutritious food. According to Crim Program Director Sharon Davenport, “Kelly is an amazing supervisor for our Flint cohort. As a former AmeriCorps member, she understands the dynamics of working with our unique schools. She is very attentive to the members, helping them grow and giving them support to achieve the FoodCorps goals. She has a passion for helping others through food and nutrition, which makes her a perfect supervisor. We are very fortunate to have her as part of our Crim Team.”
FoodCorps AmeriCorps members credit Kelly with enhancing their service, as well as their personal and professional development. According to Diego Alonso Virgues, “Kelly is one of the best supervisors I have ever had. She is extremely organized, kind with her clear communications, and not afraid to help you in the garden or classroom. The most important thing is that Kelly genuinely cares about our lives and future beyond just our service.”
“Kelly is a thoughtful, supportive, and proactive supervisor,” affirms Erin Wenk. “She creates an atmosphere for AmeriCorps members to thrive and personalize their service term. Kelly makes it known that she is always available to help, but also encourages the member to be the driver. I am so thankful to have Kelly as a supervisor! She truly exhibits all the qualities of a good leader.”
Annalane Miller adds, “Kelly is an incredible site supervisor and always prepared to help us be more effective AmeriCorps members. Whether it’s helping create new community partnerships, working in the garden, or offering advice from her experience serving with FoodCorps, her enthusiasm and passion for food justice and the city of Flint make her an inspiring person to be around.”
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from Michigan State University and completed two food-focused years of AmeriCorps service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and FoodCorps. Kelly is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership through Arizona State University. In her free time, Kelly enjoys sports, traveling, and gardening.