Cristina Castillo is from Biglerville, Pennsylvania, and attends Gettysburg College where she studies Health Sciences. Her advocacy focuses on aiding those experiencing homelessness and poverty. She has volunteered for D.C Central Kitchen, The Patricia Handy Shelter, and Gettysburg College’s Campus Kitchen. She has also has volunteered for her local emergency weather shelter and works at a shelter for those experiencing homelessness.This past winter, she worked remotely with a physician in a rural low-income area in Kentucky to create patient education materials that suggested how to properly store food, read nutrition labels, and how to eat healthy on a budget. She hopes to gain knowledege on food assistance programs to navigate individuals in her community to appropriate resources. She is also interested in learning about how mental health is affected by food insecurity.
Policy placement: U.S. Department of Agriculture