Geography undergraduate student James Schafer is applying his geography education to address local issues, particularly around food sustainability and social empowerment, through volunteering at Taproot Kitchen.

Taproot Kitchen, founded by Schafer’s mother, Sharon, and Anne Rohan, is a community-based volunteer organization in State College that uses fresh produce from local farms to provide culinary and gardening experiences to adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. Taproot Kitchen has evolved from offering cooking classes to becoming a catering company that provides food for local events.

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