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Emerson Fellow

Corey Malone-Smolla

24th Class, 2017-2018

Corey graduated with honors from Yale University in 2016 with a BA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. While at Yale, Corey worked as a Project Coordinator, managing 50 undergraduates working to end sexual violence through education workshops on consent for 3,000 Yale students. Corey developed her passion for food access as Yale’s Director of Food Recovery, where she coordinated the daily collection of leftover food from Yale’s 12 dining halls to be delivered to soup kitchens in the New Haven area. Additionally, she coordinated student volunteers and worked at a food pantry with local veterans in order to bring fresh and healthy foods to New Haven residents.

Field placement: Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Corey supported the Model Comprehensive Food and Agriculture Code Project, which aims to create a model legal code for food and agriculture, hunger, nutrition and health, and economic development. This model, along with an implementation guide, was shared with all Tribes within the United States to serve as a starting point for developing a localized economic strategy and food policy.

Policy placement: Feeding America

Washington, DC

Corey worked with Feeding America on their Government Relations team to support efforts surrounding the Farm Bill. These efforts included creating issue briefs on topics such as categorical eligibility for SNAP, ABAWD work requirements, and analyzing state-by-state data for one pagers on federal feeding programs like SNAP, CSFP, and TEFAP. Corey also created maps and charts to visualize the data gleaned from these projects.

Hunger Free Community Report

Corey’s Hunger Free Community Report explains the purpose of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture’s Model Food and Agriculture Code Project and chronicles the process of drafting model legislation. Additionally, the report explained the unique legal landscape of Tribal Law and positions the fight to end hunger through law and policy within that context.

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