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Emerson Fellow

Daniel Burke

16th Class, 2009-2010

Field Placement: Community Farm Alliance (Louisville, KY)

Danny helped to increase healthy food access for West Louisville residents. He designed a program for a local food distribution center owned by Kentucky family farmers that allowed the center to accept SNAP/food stamp benefits. He also provided technical assistance to two Louisville farmers’ markets in their efforts to accept SNAP/food stamps.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Making The Leap To West Louisville: EBT At Grasshoppers Distribution is a guide for Community Supported Agriculture programs seeking to accept SNAP/food stamp benefits that explores strategies for building community partnerships and options to make weekly shares affordable for SNAP recipients.

Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)

Danny researched and updated an annual report on SNAP/food stamps access in U.S. urban centers. He also contributed to a SNAP outreach and access toolkit and prepared a priority policy report on SNAP outreach to homeless persons.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Hailing from Monee, IL, Danny graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2009 with a double major in Spanish and environmental studies.  He studied in Spain, ran cross-country and track and field, and received two fellowships to fund his work in environmental and food justice.  He also completed a senior thesis on food justice and interned at the Bloomington Farmers Market to help the market transition to accepting SNAP/food stamps benefits.