Professor Emerita Sandra Stokes of the Center for Food in Community and Culture, passed away March 26, 2012. Her research and teaching focused on early childhood education, specifically on pedagogies and community practices that promote literacy.

Her studies on literacy concluded that cultural literacy and anti-poverty programs as well as broad community engagement with literacy are critical to reinforcing good classroom pedagogy. Her interest in literacy led her to study and write about the importance of school lunch and breakfast programs to student achievement. Sandy and her dedication to advancing Center projects, her friendship, and her talent will be missed.