19th Class, 2012-2013
Field Placement: Midtown Partners, Inc. (Jackson, MS)
Jeremiah supported Midtown Partners, Inc.’s Home Rehabilitation Program, which distributes resources to low-income and special-needs homeowners for home repairs. He conducted outreach, coordinated the application list, assisted clients with the home rehabilitation application and administered interviews. He also researched and examined ways to develop a green space in the Midtown community that could include public art designed by community members, exercise equipment, a skate park and splash area for children.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Midtown Senior Health Assessment and Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Meal, Health and Wellness Program conducts an assessment of poverty, food access and health of seniors in the Midtown community and creates a step-by-step guide to a creating a Meal, Health, and Wellness program that improves overall wellness and mitigates the effects of poverty.
Policy work: AARP Foundation (Washington, DC)
Jeremiah created a SNAP enrollment toolkit for the AARP Foundation to conduct outreach to older adults. The toolkit is comprised of training materials and an online library of outreach materials. He conducted orientation trainings for the AARP Foundation senior VISTA volunteers to increase SNAP outreach across the country. Jeremiah also created an outline for the development of a farm-to-senior center program in Washington, D.C.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Jeremiah Lowery is a Washington, D.C. native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland. He is an activist and has worked on issues ranging from campaign finance reform to human rights. Jeremiah has worked with and organized low-income residents in the Washington, D.C. area on the issues of urban gardening, nutrition, food preparation, and food budgeting. He also helped organize national Food Day events for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and hosted the “Heal DC” radio show on WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio.