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Emerson Fellow

Micah Schwartz

11th Class, 2004-2005

Field Placement:  San Antonio Food Bank (San Antonio, TX)

Micah conducted research on the viability of a 30-day community-wide menu that the food bank’s feeding sites could employ in order to lower costs, increase volume, and improve community nutrition.  He also helped manage the food bank’s participation in the national America’s Second Harvest hunger study and assisted with food stamp outreach and local nutrition education.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Putting a Price on Nutrition: The Viability of a Universal Menu Program for the San Antonio Food Bank analyzes the costs and benefits to a food bank for operating a community-wide menu program.  It calculates the value of collaborative purchasing and high nutritional standards for any food bank considering managing such a program, and includes a road map for full implementation ofa community-wide menu.

Policy Site:  Office of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) (Washington, DC)

Micah provided research and support to the Senator in her role as co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus.  He also designed a resource guide on the history of the federal government’s hunger-fighting programs intended for Congressional members and staffers.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Micah graduated in 2003 from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in political and social thought.  He completed an honors thesis on the welfare reformsof the Clinton administration and served as student body president.  After graduation, Micah spent a year teaching and coaching at a boarding school in the countryside near London, England.