12th Class, 2005-2006
Field Placement: Community Food Bank of Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
In collaboration with the Community Food Security Center, local growers, and community groups, Amanda researched the feasibility of a subsidized CSA-share program for seniors living on a limited income. She also facilitated discussions with community members to inform and direct a long-term project on local food systems development.
Hunger-Free Community Report:
Small Talks for Big Change: Conversations around Getting and Growing Good Food is a compilation of Amanda’s community discussions. It includes community members’ perceptions, words, and ideas about local food and food security. The report, and the relationship-building involved in its creation, will be used in the future activities of the Community Food Security Center.
Policy Placement: Community Food Security Coalition (Washington, DC)
Amanda conducted research on local food purchasing practices and regulations as they relate to the Farm to School movement and the upcoming Farm Bill. She also worked on a leadership development pilot program for communities with little access to the food system, particularly youth. Additionally, she provided outreach and communication support as needed on a collaborative food and farm policy project.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Amanda, a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, is a 2005 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She spent a semester in Sweden and another in Jamaica, where she conducted an independent study on the role of food and cooking in Jamaican women’s lives. She has done outreach for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, conducted research on food consumption practices in Lancaster,Pennsylvania and worked on an organic farm in Italy. Amanda also contributed to a community needs assessment and a report on housing and homelessness with the United Way of Lancaster County. On campus, she was a member of Students Committed to Social Change and Oxfam.