Field placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties (San Jose, California)
David conducted research, interviewed school district stakeholders, and analyzed federal breakfast participation data to survey the state of school breakfast participation in the Bay Area. He also used these techniques to gather local knowledge about the best practices in increasing student access to free and reduced price breakfast. David worked with local schools and districts, helping to implement alternative breakfast provision models and run breakfast outreach campaigns.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Starting the Day Right: Increasing School Breakfast Participation in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties assesses the state of free and reduced rice school breakfast participation in Second Harvest’s service area. The report provides a guide for implementing, financing, and sustaining Breakfast after the Bell and Universal Free Breakfast programs. It also profiles districts with strong breakfast programs and lists action steps and resources for those interested in increasing school breakfast participation in their communities
Policy Placement: MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (Washington, DC)
David supported MAZON’s “Help our Heroes” campaign to reduce hunger among U.S. military personnel. He worked on various research and writing projects, including developing a SNAP brochure for military health clinics and compiling a complete list of food insecurity resources available to veterans by state. Additionally, he developed and piloted lesson plans teaching middle and high school students about fighting hunger through advocacy.