10th Class, 2003-2004
Field Placement: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Duquesne, PA)
Patience worked to encourage and engage the Food Bank’s member agencies and their clients, helping to develop and channel them into a more active role in the anti-hunger community. Her goal was to equip them with the tools needed to foster greater involvement in public policy and advocacy on the local, state, and national levels. Patience also conducted research on advocacy participation among other anti-hunger agencies and developed an “advocacy volunteer” work plan.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Advocacy Retooled is an innovative anti-hunger and poverty advocacy toolkit targeted at community level anti-hunger leaders. It was produced in collaboration with co-Fellow Sarah Garrett and is designed to communicate the importance of advocacy work in eradicating hunger and poverty, and to present a hands-on, engaging approach to advocacy.
Policy Placement: Share Our Strength (Washington, DC)
Patience worked with the Grants Department to develop a staff training module on hunger. She also authored a section of Share Our Strength’s “20 Year Strategy To End Child Hunger In America” and assisted in the design and implementation of the anti-hunger workshop at Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders.
Patience, a Washington, D.C. native, graduated with honors in 2003 from Hampton University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. At Hampton, Patience was inducted into the Student Leadership Program where she served on the community service and public relations committees. She has worked on a variety of issues including homelessness, education, and financial security. In 2002, she developed a funding and grant writing program for Six House, a Christian-based non-profit organization.