15th Class, 2008-2009
Field Placement: Vermont Food Bank (Barre, VT)
Mickey helped establish several Summer Food Service Program sites in rural Vermont. He built partnerships with area nonprofits and schools to provide summer meals to children, especially in northeastern Vermont. He also surveyed the food bank’s partner agencies to analyze how the recession is impacting Vermont communities and to examine how agencies are using the federal SNAP Program to address rising need.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Advancing 3SquaresVT: An Outreach Guide to Vermont’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides strategies for food shelves to enroll more Vermonters in SNAP/food stamps.
Policy Placement: Feeding America (Washington, DC)
Mickey created several resources to support Feeding America’s work on the reauthorization of federal child nutrition programs and WIC, including child hunger fact sheets for member food banks. He also helped track legislative developments and compile information on new members of Congress.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Mickey graduated from Davidson College in 2008 with a degree in political science. He served as a Bonner Scholar, led alternative break trips, volunteered with Crisis Assistance Ministry, served as a liaison to a local community development council and researched the criminalization of homelessness at the National Coalition for the Homeless. Mickey also studied in Oman and worked to implement a monitoring system for HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Ethiopia.