Isabelle Sohn

Born in Philadelphia, Isabelle graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 with a degree in History and a minor in Human Rights. While at school, she wrote her B.A. Honors thesis on the insularity of Korean food within the U.S. as connected to U.S. perception of the Korean “Forgotten” … Read more

Fleurian Filkins

Fleurian Filkins grew up near Keuka Lake in New York state, before transferring to Finger Lakes Community College to finish high school and earn associate degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts & Sciences. During their time at community college, they engaged in queer community building and environmental advocacy, with a … Read more

Fatima Wahidi

Fatima Wahidi received a bachelors in sociology with a minor in anthropology from Washington University in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She was inspired by her North St. Louis County community to work towards racial and socioeconomic justice. Recently, she completed a fellowship with the American Pakistan Foundation where … Read more

Elaine Zhang

Elaine’s love language is food, but also food and language, as separate topics, are both of great importance to her; everyone eats and everyone communicates with others, but there are often barriers to both of these universals. Elaine explored these topics at UCLA while majoring in Linguistics and Asian Languages … Read more

Blake Turpin

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Blake graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a major in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice, along with minors in Hispanic Studies and Political Science. During his undergraduate career, his interests in social justice and poverty alleviation led him to work on … Read more

Artis Trice

Artis is from Ellenwood, Georgia, and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in geography, minors in Spanish and environmental studies, and a certificate in GIS. Guided by his passions for exploring connections between food, culture, and sustainable agriculture, Artis conducted research on community garden planning, which he presented … Read more

Amira Iwuala

Amira is a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, where her lived experience shaped her passion in public health and social justice. She attended Northeastern University where she received her BS in health sciences with a minor in global health and Masters of Public Health. Amira first became interested in food justice … Read more

Alexandrea Wilson

Alexandrea is from Chicago, Illinois, and recently graduated with her masters in social service administration from the University of Chicago. Prior to graduate school Alexandrea served in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps where she worked on health related projects where she began to understand the importance of food access in … Read more

The Alabama Safety Net and Misdirection of Policies

“COVID-19 has drastically altered the lives of many Americans. Alabamians are no exception to the implications imposed by this pandemic. My Hunger Free Community Report focuses specifically on how the pandemic has increased the inequality that exists in Alabama. The … Read more

The Impact of COVID-19 on California’s Emergency Food System

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demand on California’s emergency food system. As the emergency food system found innovative opportunities to respond to community needs, government programs had varying and, often times, unequal impacts across California’s many counties. This report … Read more

“Farm to Food Pantry: New Emergency Food Models”

Trish Abalo of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Farm to Food Pantry: New Emergency Food Models” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Trish completed her field work with Hunger Free Colorado in Denver, … Read more