Dr. Tracy Hermanstyne and Dr. Jim Skeath help organize food items for distribution at St. James AME Church.

The Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine and the McDonnell Genome Institute’s WashU SEPA program, an NIH-funded science outreach project, is helping to provide food items to St. James AME Church during the coronavirus pandemic. The church, which is located in North St. Louis, is serving as a temporary food distribution center for about 150 area families. Tracey Hermanstyne, PhD, instructor in developmental biology, and Jim Skeath, PhD, professor of genetics, are leading this effort with Dr. Pastor Norris and others at St. James AME Church.