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Emerson Fellow

Max De Faria

27th Class, 2020-2021

Originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Max received a BA in Geography and Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Political Science from Clark University, dedicating their studies and professional pursuits to learning about the food system and food sovereignty. As a Nutrition Education Intern with Farm Fresh RI, they taught children ages 5 to 11 the importance of a healthy diet and supported vulnerable community members in accessing additional farmers markets benefits available to SNAP recipients. They also served as a SNAP Outreach Intern with the Worcester County Food Bank, supporting community members in applying for and accessing SNAP benefits. They have also worked extensively to advocate and campaign for environmentally just policy initiatives at local and national levels.

Field placement: California Association of Food Banks

Oakland, California

Max is documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on the state's emergency food system in collaboration with the California Association of Food Banks, which advocates on behalf of its member food banks to end hunger. In this role, Max is collecting, analyzing, and mapping data regarding food bank demand and distribution since the onset of the pandemic. Additionally, they are interviewing food bank representatives and California food systems experts to identify opportunities for policy change to support food bank operations. Their report seeks to highlight the experience of food banks and their guests during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide policymakers with recommendations to support food bank operations now and in the event of another pandemic.

Policy placement: RESULTS