UN MBA students are partnering with No More Empty Pots in Spring 2021 to step up their efforts to ensure equitable access to local food in the Omaha metropolitan area. | School of Business Administration
NMEP’s long-term goal is to become largely self-sufficient so that they can focus on increasing their effectiveness in combating poverty. Co-founder and CEO Nancy Williams emphasized the importance of going the path: “We urge people to generate income through entrepreneurship, so we should do that too. We have to demonstrate that ourselves. “
In every semester that MBA students look forward to graduation, one of the final steps is to create a project-oriented capstone. The spring class of 2021 had the opportunity to work on projects addressing social justice issues. Carolyn Chamberlin, Sara Irvine and Samantha Roebuck held consultations with NMEP. These students worked closely with Emily Barber, Food Access and Justice Manager at NMEP. “I love the work No More Empty Pots is doing through the Community Harvest program because it gives our participants the opportunity to eat and live how they want. Ensuring fair access to local food is an act of justice. Community Harvest is designed to remove practical barriers and remove systemic injustices by providing all communities with access to the same high quality food. “Said Barber.
Carolyn, Sara, and Samantha analyzed financial information, business and marketing practices, and the industry, and looked at what worked for other companies that NMEPs could benefit from. “This project brought everything together for me. I have used the knowledge acquired in all of my courses in the MBA program. “Said Irvine. The MBA courses include accounting, analytics, ethics, finance, human resources, marketing, information technology, and strategy. The combination of the concepts and practices from all of these business areas prepares MBA students for the consulting project.
No more empty pots: NMEP was founded in 2010. NMEP is a not for profit whose mission is to bring individuals and groups together to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security, and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. The Community Harvest program offers ready-made and packaged meals, as well as subscriptions to Community Assisted Agriculture (CSA). The prepared and packaged meals are based on plants and the products come from local farmers. Participants who subscribe to the CSA receive a portion of the seasonal goods provided by local manufacturers.