4th Class, 2007-2009
Field Placement: Emerson Fellows Program, CA
Rachel Winch joined the Leland Program during the second year. During the field year, she completed the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. As an Emerson Fellow, Rachel completed her field placement at the Network for a Healthy California where she focused on food stamp modernization, particularly phone-based assistance for food stamp applications. She completed her Emerson policy placement in the office of Congressman James P. McGovern, helping to staff the House Hunger Caucus.
Policy Placement: Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), Alexandria, Virginia
At GCNF Rachel updated and expanded the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s school feeding toolkit. Originally created for use at the GCNF’s annual school feeding forum, the toolkit provided the resources to conduct a country needs assessment focused in four target areas: government commitment and political will; institutional capacity; community commitment and resource utilization; and design and implementation. Rachel supplemented the toolkit with case studies, including of school feeding programs operating in India, Mali, and Guatemala. Rachel also collaborated with Elizabeth Whelan on a book that documented the school feeding sites through photos and stories. Rachel also built the capacity of GCNF’s Global Knowledge Center, a resource for those working in school feeding to exchange ideas, best practices, and updates on their work.
Rachel graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Williams College in 2006 with a double major in sociology and Asian studies and has studied abroad in India and Nicaragua. Prior to becoming and Emerson and then a Leland Fellow, Rachel taught fifth and sixth grade at Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free middle school for low-income girls in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and biked across the country to raise money for affordable housing.