Recipe for Success

About Us

The UNCG Anthropology Department has created Recipe for Success to meet the nutritional needs of low-income families. Recipe for Success receives grant funding from the USDA to implement SNAP-Ed to eligible families in Guilford County. We teach both a children’s curriculum and an adult curriculum that focus on family health and well-being. Our Nutrition Educators travel to instruct nutrition and health classes in Title 1 Public Schools and at Youth Education Centers across the county, as well as Community Centers and various other facilities which serve adult populations. We also offer nutrition education through monthly mailings, which include lessons on healthy food choices, grocery shopping tips, and food safety.

Our Team

Art Murphy, Project Director & Principal Investigator
Arthur D. Murphy is of Anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  His previous positions include, Associate Vice President for Research at Georgia State University, Chair of Anthropology at Georgia State University as well as faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, Baylor University, the University of Guadalajara, the National University of Mexico and the Technological University of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.   Dr. Murphy has carried out research in Mexico, Bolivia and the United States.  For the past 20 years he has carried out research on adaptation of immigrant communities to the SE.  He has directed SNAP-Ed programs in Georgia as well as North Carolina.

In 1996 he began research on the cultural aspects affecting PTSD, long term grief and recovery from disasters in the Mexican (Latino) community.  He is currently involved in research on how culture and networks impact the accessing of social services after a disaster in Mexico, Ecuador and the United States.  He is also undertaking research on the question of why some societies do a better job of handling the human aspects of natural disasters than do others.  Dr. Murphy is the co-author of Social Inequality in Oaxaca, The Mexican Urban Household, Estudio Primario de la Cuenca Hidrografica del Rio de los Perros, and editor of Latino Workers in the Contemporary South.  He is author or co-author of numerous articles dealing with Mexican Households, Migration and the impact of disasters on individuals and households in Mexico.

Jennifer Hill, Co-Principal Investigator & Research Scientist 
 Jennifer Hill initiated the USDA’s  SNAP –Ed  program in the Triad, NC area in 2005, along with former members  of a  similar program in Georgia.   Ms. Hill is the Program Manager for Recipe for Success  and  leads the adult education services.  She focuses on eating for your best health while on a tight budget,  and  accommodating different cultural and dietary needs. 

Ms. Hill’s background includes working in healthcare, business, and marketing since 1980, primarily in Atlanta and New Orleans.   Her past positions include National PPO Director for a national Intracorp/Cigna network, physician consultant with a prominent consulting company,  and a research associate on federal grant in Mexico.  At each juncture, Ms. Hill was increasingly aware of the impact of poor nutrition, low wages, and lack of affordable/accessible nutritious foods upon peoples’ ability to  heal and stay well. This awareness led to her initiation of a  USDA’s SNAP –Ed  and State of NC  contract, through UNC-G, to serve residents of the Triad area.

Ms Hill holds a BA in English history, a MBA in marketing and international business, and a MA in cultural anthropology.   

Michelle Esquillo, Nutrition Educator & Research Scientist
Ms. Esquillo has a BA in English from UNCG. She has worked with the Recipe for Success program for over three years, and has instructed classes of all ages, from elementary school students to adults, in topics such as eating healthy foods, budgeting and smart shopping, exercising regularly, and food alternatives for people with special dietary needs.

Jessica Haynes, Nutrition Educator & Research Scientist
Jessica Haynes graduated from UNCG in 2014 with a BA in Anthropology. Her academic work has, thus far, focused on the cross-cultural patterns of adaptation to disasters. Her work with Recipes for Success includes teaching classes, lesson planning, as well as collecting and analyzing sociometric data. Ms. Haynes feels proud to join RFS in its continuing efforts to provide education and practical mentoring to the triad's communities.

Kate Southard, Nutrition Educator & Research Scientist
Kate Southard graduated from North Carolina State University in 2014 with a BS in Applied Nutrition. After taking a community nutrition course in college, Kate knew she had a strong interest in working with diverse populations in the community, striving to make a positive impact on their nutritional habits as well as their overall health and well being. Upon joining the Recipe for Success team, she began working with both the program’s curriculums, lesson planning and teaching nutrition education to both adults and children.

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