Andrea Early, MS, RD, serves as the School Nutrition Program Director for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, a small division of 5,500 students located in western Virginia. She is responsible for all aspects of program management including menu planning, procurement, food distribution, and staff training and development. Andrea and her staff have worked diligently to improve the nutritional quality of the meals served to Harrisonburg students, with a focus on more scratch cooked and locally sourced foods. The HCPS Farm to School program has grown incrementally each school year. Currently, an average of 10% of the division’s food supplies is sourced locally.
Andrea serves as the school representative to the Virginia Food System Council, is the Virginia State Lead for the National Farm to School Network, and is an active member of the Virginia Farm to School Work Group. She serves as Education Committee Chair for the School Nutrition Association of Virginia and is an active member of her local School Nutrition Association chapter. Most recently, Andrea was named to the Commonwealth Council for Bridging the Nutritional Divide.
Andrea received a BS in Nutrition from Penn State, an MS in Health Sciences from James Madison University, and completed a dietetic internship with the Virginia Department of Health. She lives in Staunton, VA with her husband and two young sons.