- Category: Notable Alumni
- Number of years working in your current industry: 4
- Undergrad degree/university: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. B.A. English (December, 1996)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – 1996
Jeffrey Joslyn is currently the director of food resources for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a bachelor’s in English in 1996, and has more than 17 years of experience in the food industry. Prior to his work with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, he worked with farmers, institutional buyers and consumers within the local food system as a chef, wholesaler, retailer, and developer of a regional food hub.
Because feeding people is about more than simply providing food, Joslyn’s approach to sourcing food is to focus on increasing the healthy, building-block foods (produce, dairy, meats, grains) available and distributed throughout Milwaukee communities, said Lisa Endl, director of communications for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
Joslyn’s work with local food producers shortens the timeline of getting food from farm to consumer and results in tasty, fresh and healthy foods distributed throughout the region.
According to Joslyn, one of the most gratifying things from his role over the past few years — and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic — has been watching people from the community come together under a common thread, helping build resilient systems making better food options a reality, and learning that every action can create drastic, positive changes.