Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Global Studies

Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Pablo Bose

Second Advisor

Teresa Mares

Third Advisor

Emily Belarmino


Food Security, Refugee Resettlement, Hunger, Food Systems, Vermont


This study creates four publications in order to improve food security amongst resettled refugees in the Greater Burlington Area. Each publication is intended for a different audience, and together, they are meant to bridge gaps in service providers, food distributors, and case managers’ institutional knowledge. In ten interviews with food distributors and refugee service providers, this investigation evaluates the efficacy and effectiveness of each publication to uncover larger dynamics in New American foodways and food systems. This study finds that serving New American communities through CSA programs is not effective because of families’ discomfort with the up-front payment structure. Instead, it concludes that foraging and fishing programs could improve New American food security because of demonstrated interest and the prevalence of foraging / fishing traditions in newcomers’ countries of origin. Furthermore, there is a huge need for malnutrition treatment in New American communities, which goes completely unaddressed in both the Greater Burlington Area’s food programming as well as national resettlement programs.

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