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Emerson Fellow

Megan Lent

13th Class, 2006-2007

Field Placement:  Hunger Task Force (Milwaukee, WI)

Megan conducted a preliminary evaluation of Universal Free Breakfast (UFB) served in the classroom, a new meal program offered in 61 Milwaukee Public Schools.  Megan interviewed principals and surveyed teachers, food service workers, building engineers, social workers, and school nurses to assess the need, implementation, and impact of the new program.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Universal Free Breakfast Initiative in Milwaukee Public Schools: Preliminary Findings 2006-2007 evaluates the Universal Free Breakfast Initiative in elementary schools and provides recommendations for improving and expanding the impact of the program.

Policy Placement:  Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (Washington, DC)

Megan conducted research on the sources of federal funding for nutrition programs that serve low-income individuals, children, the elderly, and individuals living with life-challenging illnesses.  Megan also assisted in the development of an outcomes measures manual that will be used to document the effects of nutrition services on individuals living with critical illnesses.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience: 

Megan graduated from Cornell University with honors in 2006 with a degree in Human Biology, Health and Society.  She completed an honors thesis on rural food insecurity, served as a teaching assistant for a human sexuality course, and regularly organized blood drives.  Megan was also a member of the Student Advisory Council for Cornell Tradition, a service and leadership fellowship program.  Originally from Penn Yan, New York, she spent several summers interning with the local Cornell Cooperative Extension to develop nutrition education curriculum for youth. 

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