11th Class, 2004-2005
Field Placement: Oregon Food Bank (Portland, OR)
David worked with the Advocacy Department to increase the advocacy capacity of the regional food banks throughout the state. In one community he assisted in the formation of an anti-hunger advocacy committee of direct service providers working to address the root causes of hunger. In another community, David helped to createa county-wide Food Stamp Task Force to increase participation in the Food Stamp Program.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Advocating for Change is a step-by-step guide for food banks on how to form anti-hunger advocacy committees in their communities. The guide contains detailed information about what is needed to successfully form an advocacy committee, useful tools to facilitate the process, and a list of resources to make it as easy as possible for food banks to increase their advocacy capacity.
Policy Placement: Center of Concern and the Presbyterian Hunger Program (Washington, DC)
David researched ways to ensure that agricultural reforms would benefit family farmers, agricultural sector workers, and low-income people in the United States and abroad, while guaranteeing food system sustainability, rural prosperity, community food security and an end to the “dumping” of food on developing countries. This research was used to develop educational materials to mobilize people for action around agricultural reform and international economic justice.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
David graduated from Boston College in the spring of 2004 with a degree in history. He has worked to combat hunger and homelessness at Haley House, a multi-service organization for homeless men in Boston, and through an internship as an organizer on issues of transportation and racial justice. He also worked with the Global Justice Project of BC on issues of international solidarity, which included organizing a delegation of students to Chiapas, Mexico, to learn from the Zapatista movement in their struggle for economic, political, and indigenous rights.