22nd Class, 2015-2016
Field Placement: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (Portland, OR)
Amy conducted qualitative research on the federal Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) pilot program. She explored the program’s impact on the lived experiences of participating kids, families, and communities. She conducted one-on-one interviews across the state to capture the profound effect the SEBTC has had on reducing childhood food insecurity in Oregon and around the nation.
Hunger Free Community Report:
A Healthy Summer and Beyond dives into the collective story behind Summer EBT for Children and the 48,000 kids it reached in Oregon last summer. Through in-depth stories of participants, this report shares the story that the numbers missed – SEBTC creates a seamless summer for all children.
Policy Placement: National Farm to School Network (Washington, D.C.)
Amy is creating an advocacy toolkit for the network’s members, Core Partners, and potential stakeholders. The toolkit will enhance NFSN’s efforts to better support low-income communities and communities of color in farm to school and food system transformation efforts. Working with the National Voices Project, Amy is disseminating new data that draws attention to the access barriers from the perspective of schools, families, and students. This new information provides essential capacity for NFSN and its members to ensure a healthy and thriving food system for all.
Education and Experience:
Amy received her B.A. in global economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Nutrition Educator and Liaison in six Madison Metropolitan Elementary Schools. She then followed her desire to be more hands-on in the classroom and moved to northwest Detroit, MI to teach the 5th grade. In college, she participated in the Ethiopian Medical Services Project in the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Surgery.