Rebekah completed needs assessments in select communities throughout Washington State, identifying barriers to food security and developing community driven strategies to increase access to critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. She also organized the annual meeting of the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition in Washington, which brought leaders together to discuss immediate and five-year advocacy goals for anti-hunger programs, and served on the planning committee for Have a Heart for Kids Day, an advocacy event at the state capital that brought together more than 500 children’s advocates.
Hometown Hunger contains three Washington State community needs assessments that highlight some of the challenges facing low-income populations and service providers in those areas. The reports include data analysis of community demographics and food and nutrition programs, findings from interviews with human service providers, and potential solutions gleaned from community forums facilitated by Rebekah and her field site partner, Matt King.
Rebekah worked with the Grants Department to determine ways to use impact data more effectively, strategically focusing grant making decisions for maximum impact on alleviating childhood hunger. To accomplish this, Rebekah researched methodology used by other grant makers in decision making and generating recommendations for future grant making strategy. Additionally, Rebekah also analyzed existing impact data and creating a manual to be used by grants staff to help future decision making.
Rebekah is a 2005 graduate of Rhodes College with a double major in political science and religious studies. At Rhodes, she served in elected positions, built houses in Mexico, assisted low-income workers with legal advice, worked in the student-run soup kitchen, and wrote two senior theses on poverty-related issues. Rebekah also interned with Bread for the World, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and the Metropolitan Interfaith Association.