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Emerson Fellow

Amy Matthews

9th Class, 2002-2003

Field Placement: Association of Arizona Food Banks (Phoenix, AZ)

Amy worked to raise Arizona’s low participation rate in the Food Stamp Program by initiating outreach efforts in community organizations, developing materials, conducting trainings, assisting in developing a website for prescreening, and collaborating with the state to improve program access.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Community Food Security 101:  What’s the Food System Got To Do With It?, an interactive educational tool presents all the basic concepts of the community food security movement and engages participants in discussion of food security in their area.  The curriculum gives participants a “tour” of the global food system and an opportunity to explore the myriad social and environmental implications of this system and its effects on food insecurity and hunger.

Policy Placement: Corporation forEnterprise Development (Washington,DC)

Amy worked on economic development issues affecting low-income people.  She engaged in projects that strengthened the link between Individual Development Accounts and opportunities for microenterprise and establishing credit.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

In May 2002, Amy graduated from Xavier University in Ohio where she studied social work and peace studies.  Her vision for greater social justice springs from the inequity she has seen at home and abroad.  Amy’s experience includes working with homeless families in Cincinnati and in New York and working for an NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal.