Fleurian Filkins grew up near Keuka Lake in New York state, before transferring to Finger Lakes Community College to finish high school and earn associate degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts & Sciences. During their time at community college, they engaged in queer community building and environmental advocacy, with a focus on gardening. Upon transferring to SUNY Geneseo to pursue a B.A. in Psychology, they became heavily involved in campus sustainability, serving as an Ecological Representative, a co-chair of Food Security Advocates, and a member of the President's Commission on Sustainability. In these positions, they wrote a policy proposal to put a food pantry on campus, co-developed a student-run food pantry delivery program, and obtained a grant to fund the creation of an indoor vertical garden.
Fleurian is conducting research on local senior food insecurity at the D.C. Office of Planning in Washington, D.C. Their research centers on interviewing seniors and community partners to identify barriers to access that limit senior engagement with federal and local nutrition programs. Findings from these interviews will be combined with an analysis of best practices, resulting in a brief on ways that the District can better utilize nutrition programs to address senior food insecurity.
Policy placement: Feeding America