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Emerson Fellow

Bridget Purdue

10th Class, 2003-2004

Field Placement:  Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and California Food Policy Advocates (Los Angeles, CA)

Bridget worked to increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in specific Los Angeles-area communities by conducting a Hunger Education Project Plan.  She collected and analyzed data from the California Health Interview Survey and other sources and created a portfolio of communications materials, including fact sheets, resource guides, and public messages.  She used these materials to facilitate press conferences and organize events with food banks, community organizations, and local elected officials.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Eliminate Hunger: A Guide to Filling Empty Cupboards in your Region is a resource guide for Los Angeles County food pantries highlighting food stamp application procedures, welfare office locations, pantry advocacy tips, and collaboration ideas for food pantries within each of eight smaller geographic divisions of Los Angeles County in order to better serve the specific needs of each region.

Policy Site: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (Washington, DC)

Bridget worked with the Education Program on several projects designed to educate and empower voters in the 2004 election.  Bridget designed NETWORK’s online Presidential Election Chart, contributing educational documents on economic justice issues to NETWORK’s election website, and organizing the distribution of NETWORK’s Voter Education Series to groups throughout the country.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Bridget is from Lexington, Kentucky, and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Economics with a minor in Philosophy and Politics.  At Notre Dame, Bridget worked as a court watch volunteer for a local YWCA Domestic Violence shelter, helped to research and develop a service-learning course for students, and organized a dialogue discussing civic engagement among Notre Dame students.

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