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Emerson Fellow

David Blount

21st Class, 2014-2015

David grew up in Saint Louis, MO and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2013 with degrees in sociology and international studies. After graduation, David completed a year of service with City Year Chicago, an education non-profit dedicated to ending the high school dropout crisis. At Loyola, David led multicultural initiatives with the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs to create sustainable support systems for underrepresented students. He worked with youth in Chicago through Youth Organization Umbrella Inc. as a mentor and tutor, coordinating youth development programming for middle and high school students. He also studied political and social formations in El Salvador, China, and Tunisia and was a Public Policy International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University in 2012.

Field placement: Just Harvest

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David worked in Allegheney County schools to assess the impact of the new Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows high poverty school districts to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students while eliminating the traditional school meal application process. He conducted research and engaged in outreach efforts to educate parents, schools, and partner organizations about CEP. He produced outreach materials and developed relationships with community partners and school districts to advocate for action on child nutrition, poverty, and education issues.

Policy placement: The Urban Institute

Washington, DC

David conducted research on the effects of food insecurity on adolescents. He also helped develop the Teen Centered Food Program as part of Urban’s Housing Opportunity & Services Together (HOST) Demonstration, which addresses issues related to food insecurity among teenagers living in public housing.

Hunger Free Community Report

"Fuel 4 School" assesses the impact of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) on food service in Allegheny County schools. Through focus groups with parents and interviews with school administrators, the report details how CEP enhances the effects of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program as a tool to provide meals to children and help address childhood food insecurity.

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