Nutrition and Hospitality Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Office of Food and Nutrition Security


Transforming lives, communities, and the world through education & training, discovery & innovation, and community engagement.

Mission & Vision

The Office of Food and Nutrition Security at The University of Mississippi transforms lives, communities, and the world through food and nutrition security-related:

  1. Undergraduate and graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, and community member education and training;
  2. Discovery and innovation; and
  3. Community engagement

Our vision is to be the recognized leader in providing innovative solutions for food and nutrition insecurity in Mississippi, the United States, and the world.

About the Director

Dr. David Holben, Nutrition and Hospitality Management. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services.

Dr. David H. Holben is the Director of the Office of Food and Nutrition Security, a registered dietitian nutritionist with a Level 4 Certificate in School Nutrition from the School Nutrition Association, and a former commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Specialist Corps (Reserve Component, 65C IMA, MAJ). Building upon a clinical nutrition and basic science background, his research primarily focuses on food-based STEM education and the relation of food insecurity to health outcomes.

Dr. Holben is the senior author of Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Food Insecurity in the United States and has authored or coauthored numerous papers on the topic.


For more information, call 662.915.2986 or e-mail