Field placement: Market Umbrella (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Deondre’ aggregated and analyzed data on various demographic indicators and levels of food access in all 64 of Louisiana’s parishes to establish priority areas for Louisiana’s statewide Healthy Food Retail Program. He developed maps to visualize the challenges of food access in Louisiana for state policymakers. This research resulted in a report that detailed the state of food access in Louisiana and gave recommendations for ways to address food insecurity.
Hunger Free Community Report:
An Overview of Food Access in Louisiana and Healthy Food Retail as a Solution is a report that identifies the areas in Louisiana that have the greatest food access challenges and recommends different strategies for alleviating this issue. This report is centered on the healthy food retail model that was originally implemented in Pennsylvania.
Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)
At the Food Research and Action Center, Deondre’ conducted research on the barriers to Disaster SNAP and SNAP for vulnerable populations, such as people with disabilities, college students, and seniors. He also created best practice guides and blog posts on the aforementioned topics. In addition, Deondre’ hosted a webinar on Disaster SNAP best practices.