The Idaho Foodbank Cooking Matters Team

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Kyle Silverman
Nutrition Education Coordinator

Kyle Silverman started at The Idaho Foodbank as an AmeriCorps*VISTA after graduating from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism in 2010. At the Idaho Foodbank, she had the opportunity to assist in starting the Cooking Matters Program. She went on to earn her Master’s in Public Policy from Oregon State University in 2014. After graduate school, Kyle worked at the Oregon Food Bank, then returned to Boise where she now manages the School Pantry, Backpack, Picnic in the Park, and Cooking Matters Programs.

Jonna Boote
Nutrition Education Specialist

Jonna Boote received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at Idaho State University in May 2016. She joined the Idaho Foodbank team immediately after graduation as the Nutrition Education Specialist serving the East Idaho branch in Pocatello.

Alexa Appleman
Nutrition Education Coordinator

Alexa Appleman has a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Nutrition with minors in Biological Studies and Clinical Dietetics. After undergraduate school, Alexa completed her Dietetic Internship at Idaho State University. She became a Registered Dietitian in June 2016 and got hired as The Nutrition Education Coordinator at The Idaho Foodbank.

Makenzie Ellsworth
Nutrition Education Specialist

Makenzie Ellsworth has a B.A in Psychology and Physical Education from The College of Idaho. After graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Cooking Matters program and a VISTA Team Lead for the Picnic in the Park Recreation activities in Boise from 2013-2014. She is now the full-time Nutrition Education Specialist at The Idaho Foodbank working remotely in Twin Falls.

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