Food Studies Institute is a nonprofit organization based in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We work with schools and educational settings nationally and internationally to develop food literacy education programs.
Food Studies Institute is an outgrowth of the lifelong work of Antonia D’Amico Demas, who is the founder of the organization. Antonia has been engaged in thinking about, studying, and doing work in food literacy education her entire adult life. After teaching kids about food in her son and daughter’s classrooms for years as a volunteer, when Antonia was in her forties she formalized her work by earning a Ph.D. in education, nutrition, and anthropology at Cornell University. Along with coursework, she wrote the Food is Elementary curriculum and conducted research on the relationship between food education and food acceptance with extremely positive results. Antonia founded the Food Studies Institute in 1995 to promote food education in the schools as a regular part of every child’s education. Since then, she has developed food literacy programs in a variety of educational settings with people of diverse ages, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status.