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Emerson Fellow

Heather Axford

10th Class, 2003-2004

Field Placement:  Florida Impact (Tallahassee, FL)

In order to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program, Heather coordinated community outreach and led meetings of community leaders in northern Florida counties not yet providing adequate Summer Food Service Program meals to eligible children.  She was also trained in current Food Stamp Program regulations and prescreening software, and assisted in the expansion of the Florida Food Resource Helpline, a project designed to facilitate the Food Stamp Program application process for low-income adults and families across the state.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Five Year Strategic Plan to Stamp Out Hunger is a report for Florida’s Food Security Team, the coalition of state agencies that administer USDA nutrition programs and their community based partners.  The report outlines the coalition’s progress of 2003 and makes recommendations for the future.  

Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)

Heather worked on three Food Stamp related research projects at FRAC:  a “best practices” guide to the Employment and Training Program, a report on the Food Stamp Program in the Southeast region focusing on the state options set forth in the 2002 Farm Bill, and a report on language access barriers for immigrants.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience: 

Heather is a 2003 graduate of Vassar College with a major in History, and spent a semester studying at the Instituto Cultural in Oaxaca, Mexico.  She served on the Executive Committee of Vassar College Hunger Action for three years, spent two summers working with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and the Eleanor Roosevelt Center Community Programs through the Vassar Community Fellows Program, and served as Vassar’s Hunger and Homelessness Community Action Coordinator.