WASHINGTON, January 5, 2023 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) announced today that former U.S. Ambassador Eric M. Bost and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) LaQuita Honeysucker will join its board of directors.
Bost serves as the deputy director for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University AgriLife Research. The institute aims to increase global food security and resilience through applied agricultural research.
Prior to the university, Bost served as the under secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the Bush administration in 2001. While at USDA, he worked with colleagues to strengthen and improve access to federal nutrition assistance to help families in need with lower incomes. He later adopted a new role with the administration and began serving as U.S. ambassador to South Africa in 2006, commencing his work in the global food security sector.
“Ambassador Bost has exceptional experience overseeing and improving domestic and global food systems. His leadership and knowledge of the federal nutrition programs will make him an invaluable addition to our board, particularly as we work to advance equitable policy solutions that increase access to federal nutrition programs,” said Luis Guardia, president of FRAC.
UFCW Director of Civil Rights and Community Action LaQuita Honeysucker joins the board with extensive experience advocating for UFCW’s members across a variety of roles within America’s largest private sector union, which represents essential workers in grocery stores, meatpacking plants, and other essential industries. As the director of Civil Rights and Community Action, Honeysucker is responsible for overseeing efforts to protect the rights of UFCW’s 1.3 million hard-working members both in and outside the workplace.
In her role, Honeysucker has been a proven and passionate leader dedicated to advocating for UFCW’s diverse and inclusive membership by fighting back against voter suppression, providing hope to immigrant workers, working to end the exploitation of refugees, creating more opportunities for women, and expanding LGBTQ equality. She has crafted and led advocacy campaigns on numerous issues, including the federal minimum wage, equitable economic development, food insecurity and access, and the protection of workers’ rights within the food supply chain.
“Ms. Honeysucker is a powerful voice for the everyday person working on the front lines to serve and feed our communities. We are thrilled to have her ongoing guidance on the policies needed to thoroughly address hunger and its root causes,” added Guardia.
The Food Research & Action Center improves the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions. To learn more, visit FRAC.org and follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.