Food Security for Resettled Refugees

Nali Gillespie is a third-year Duke Medical Student who is leveraging her background of growing up on a “mini farm” in California with her Duke experiences of reaching out to resettled communities through Kenan’s Duke Immerse program in Jordan and her ongoing work with the Kenan Refuge Project. Nali points out how the resettled refugee community in the Triangle is facing even greater challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic and is working to establish fresh and sustainable food security through community gardening.

“These times have really made me think about if I can do something, if I know something, then why on earth should I NOT do it? I think it’s really pushing us to stretch our imagination about how we can support folks who are really struggling during this time.”