“Building a Food Action Plan in Allegheny County”

Mariama Badjie of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Building a Food Action Plan in Allegheny County” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Mariama completed her field work with Pittsburgh Food Policy in Pittsburgh, … Read more

“Building Trust in Marginalized Communities”

Esther Davila of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Building Trust in Marginalized Communities” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Esther completed her field work with Just Harvest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Cindy Vong

Cindy grew up in Gunnison, Colorado and graduated from Binghamton University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and environmental studies. She also holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver where Cindy pursued an independent thesis researching the intersection between food choice and … Read more

Chesterfield Polkey

Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Chesterfield graduated with honors from Macalester College with a degree in sociology and minors in political science, statistics, and French. Through the community service-oriented Bonner Scholars Program, he interned at Neighborhood House, a local social service agency. There, Chesterfield organized multiple lobbying days on … Read more

Able Bodies, Empty Stomachs

Able Bodies, Empty Stomachs provides an analysis of the SNAP ABAWD policy, and includes strategies for advocates to reduce the policy’s impact on low-income communities.  Pennsylvania’s experience is presented as a case study.

Kalena Thomhave

Originally from Northwest Florida, Kalena graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 with degrees in political science and English. After college, Kalena served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Baton Rouge, LA, where she worked on economic development through “Bank On Baton Rouge,” a program increasing access to banks and credit … Read more

Wes Gaddie

22nd Class, 2015-2016 Field Placement: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Pittsburgh, PA) Wes created a statewide advocacy website that centralizes Pennsylvania’s anti-hunger resources, including up-to-date statistics on food insecurity and safety net programs, as well as locations where individuals can … Read more