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Emerson Fellow

David Coffman

13th Class, 2006-2007

Field Site: Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)

David created a disaster preparedness manual to help the Food Bank in its ongoing efforts to transition from disaster relief to disaster recovery.  Using GIS technology, David mapped out the emergency food distribution agencies in the food bank’s 23 parish service area before and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  He also worked to recruit new food bank member agencies in order to begin the process of rebuilding the emergency food network.

Hunger Free Community Report: 

Just Don’t Forget About Us: The Story of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their impact on SHFB chronicles the impact of the 2006 storms on the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana, assesses the current need based on population levels and the prevalence of service networks, and includes personal stories from hurricane survivors and emergency food providers.

Policy Site: The National Coalition for the Homeless (Washington, DC)

David chronicled hate crimes and civil rights abuses against the homeless as part of the National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project.  He helped prepare an interim report on the “20 Meanest Cities,” aimed at educating the public about hate crimes.  David also worked on the “You Don’t Need a Home to Vote” homeless voters’ rights campaign.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

David has a BA in Sustainable Development from Kentucky’s Berea College where he served as a Bonner Scholar for four years.  His extensive service included leading fellow students through service activities and providing training on poverty and hunger issues in the U.S.  For his senior capstone project he studied sustainable communities and race relations in Brazil.